5 Benefits of Gardening
Gardening is a great way to connect with the earth, reduce stress, increase creativity and promote relaxation. Plus you can grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs! Get your hands dirty, because gardening is:
|1. Therapeutic: There is even an emerging medical art known as horticultural therapy. Schoolchildren, prison inmates and people with all types of health conditions are encouraged to learn about new plants and envision creative ways to arrange them in the ground as a way to provide a sense of accomplishment and improve self-image.|
|2. Spiritual: Aside from delighting your senses with color, texture and scents, gardening enables you to connect with nature. Digging your hands through the soil and handling delicate plants can feed the soul.|
|3. Exercise: Gardening is a low-impact activity that improves flexibility through bending and stretching, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, don't let it replace your walking regimen or other regular aerobic exercise - do both, for maximum benefits.|
|4. Nourishing: There's no better way to ensure that the fruits and veggies you eat are fresh and organic than to grow them yourself.|
|5. Economical: Some expensive fruits, such as raspberries, are easy to grow, but difficult to pick and ship. So grow your own and save.|
Talk with your local garden center about starting with simple plants such as tomatoes, bell peppers, peas and fresh herbs!