If you want to say gardening is my passion or if you already say that, then this one is for you, keep on reading.
A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, or enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens.
Importance Of Gardening In Our Life
We’ll start with the most obvious reason why cultivating plants is so important: We cannot eat, drink, or breathe without them around. No plants = no life and that can’t be healthy!
HappinessVegetable gardening gives us positive feelings of self-sufficiency. Knowing we have fresh homegrown produce can ease our concerns about providing for our friends and families should something cripple the infrastructure we rely on so heavily.
Those who are partial (or equally devoted) to ornamental gardening can consider how society places a great deal of significance on flowers, even if it is unconscious or underappreciated. Flowers accompany almost every ritual or ceremony we have. Weddings, funerals, dates, housewarmings, baby showers, birthdays. . . The list goes on. As a part of our make-up as human beings, we are comforted and delighted by beauty.
It is impossible to work in a garden without learning something and, lucky for us, there are no tuition fees, no prerequisites, and no grades. We find ourselves figuring the maximum total run an area for each zone of a drip irrigation system, designing the perfect raised bed and pollinating squash by hand so that we can save the seed for next year. Successful gardening requires planning, problem solving and creativity.
Planting, watering, and harvesting do not require supplementary reading, but the seasons certainly seem to encourage it. When the ground and the sky are both a disconcerting white and I think I might dig my own grave just to get my hands in the soil again, books about gardening are the only available alternative.
Physical Benefits Of Gardening
- Gardening can reduce your risk of stroke (along with other activities as jogging and swimming).
- Gardening burns calories. It is considered moderate to high-intensity exercise. The National Institute of Health goes so far as to recommend 30 to 45 minutes of gardening three to five times a week as part of a good strategy.
- Heavy gardening is not only helpful in weight maintenance but also in reducing the risk of heart disease and other life-threatening diseases.
- Gardening decreases the likelihood of osteoporosis. When you dig, plant, weed, and engage in repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching.
- Gardening may lower the risk of dementia. Some research suggests that physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia.
- Gardening strengthens your immune system. While you’re outdoors basking in the sun, you’ll also soak up plenty of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.
Mental Health Benefits Of Gardening
Having a living thing to care for gives us a sense of responsibility – if we don’t prune, water or otherwise care for the plant, it may die. This responsibility is beneficial for people suffering from mental health issues, as it gives them purpose and a sense of worth.
In our increasingly urbanized and technologically driven world, reconnecting with nature can have a huge impact on mental health. Studies have found that spending time in green spaces helps people to destress and relax.
For those suffering from conditions such as anxiety or paranoia, going out into a social setting can be frightening. But spending time in the garden doesn’t have the same connotations.
Instead of worrying about bills, work, or the everyday stresses of life, our minds are focused on the task at hand – whether that’s repotting, chopping, weeding or hoeing.
Gardening works as a therapy for your mental health.
Environmental Benefits Of Gardening
By planting new gardens, such as rain gardens, we can make use of the rainwater run-off and help prevent harmful pollutants from making it in our streams and lakes. Native gardens, like rain gardens, are not only good for the environment. They are low maintenance, beautiful, and easy on the wallet!
Besides being good for the environment gardens have environmental gains for us. It has been proven that an effective, environmental landscape design can cool your home in summer and warm it in winter. Energy efficient landscaping can actually reduce your energy costs by up to 20%.
Importance Of Gardening As A Hobby
Tasks such as mixing soil, filling pots, and watering plants is a valuable way to actively strengthen the hands of older adults. Working both upper and lower body muscles also makes gardening a moderate intensity exercise. Things such as watering plants and pulling weeds work upper body muscles, lifting mulch work lower body muscles, and raking works the entire body. So, it helps you to stay active.
Gardens can range from an entire backyard to an arrangement of potted plants on a patio, allowing you to form a garden to fit your desired activity and ability level. If you plan on traveling during the growing season it’s easy to plant a garden that is easy for a friend or neighbor to manage. Try these helpful tips for gardening in small spaces and see how any space can be used for a garden.
So, here is how you can have your own garden.
- Decide what you’d like to grow
- Choose a location
- Plan your garden beds
- Invest in basic garden tools
- Test your soil
- Prepare the soil
- Choose the right seeds or transplants
- Plant with care
- Nurture your garden
- Enjoy your harvest!