Well, I finally got my Fall garden planted, y’all! (I had to stop and put up a fence around it, due to the fact that a certain small white dog who just happens to live at my house was continually DIGGING EVERYTHING UP.) I’ve bested her, though! (For now…I think.)
Anyways, I’ve got carrots, spinach, strawberries, cauliflower, kohlrabi, beets and cabbage growing! (And a little experiment with some red potatoes…we’ll see how that turns out.)
In the midst of prepping and planting, I was remembering how much I enjoy gardening. Life has thrown me some pretty stressful curve balls of late, and there’s something about getting on your hands and knees and moving soil around that really rivals a session with a therapist! (It tends to be cheaper, too!)
So when Amber from Digital Creative contacted me to see if I’d like to publish a post on gardening…well…of course I would! Here are some reasons WHY everyone SHOULD garden!
Working in the backyard is not a one-dimensional activity. It has many advantages you might never think of that can affect your moods, food rations and even savings! Don’t believe me? Bellow, you will find five great reasons why working in the garden works flawlessly in many different ways, and really is for everyone! Maybe it will make you want to start a garden or expand your already-owned one! It’s time to enjoy it and get a lot more benefits from it than you could originally think of!
- It works as a stress reliever. Many people agree that working in the backyard actually lets you forget about the problems and stress you have at your job or home. In fact, even a recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress better than other relaxing activities! You will leave your phone inside and just get away from the world for a while – and that is the best therapy for all!
- It works as a remedy for depression. The same study made by scientists also prove that working in the garden together with the fresh air helps people who suffer from depression, too. And no matter what you are taking care of – vegetables, flowers or fruits – it will make you feel better, create a better mood and help you to forget about sadness as well. So – if you feel blue, get to the garden and smell the flowers you grew by yourself. It will work wonders for you!
- It works as a gym. If you work hard in your garden, and you love digging, planting, weeding, and doing other repetitive tasks, that can work pretty similar to exercise too! They all require strength or stretching – just like working out! So you won’t only get yourself fresh vegetables, but be a lot more active in the fresh air too. And since you like doing it, your ‘workout sessions’ in a garden will be done with love and dedications. It is a win-win for sure!
- It works as a money saver. When you are growing your fruits and vegetables you don’t need to go shopping for them at department stores or supermarkets, and so – you are saving a lot of money, too! And starting a garden doesn’t cost much, either. Dirt and seeds can be purchased pretty cheaply and during the time plants grow you need to fertilize it on only a few occasions. That sums up to a pretty small spendings and pretty huge savings!
- It works as a mental health improver. Although this reason is pretty similar to the first two, it needs different attention. Many studies show that people who suffer from mental diseases get better by just walking in the garden, not even working on it! So you can imagine how maintaining your garden can affect you when you work in it! Overall, the sights, smells and sounds of the garden are said to promote relaxation and reduce the stress that is the number one reason for mental illnesses.
I do believe that these reasons are pretty strong to make you start your garden. And since starting it from scratch needs lots of work and various items, it can get a little bit pricey at first. To make your garden more pleasant money-wise, I just found these great Target online coupons at ChameleonJohn.com. With these, you can shop online and order yourself everything – from the seeds to garden furniture and stay within a budget. Create your little oasis and run away from all the stress right now at a more cost-effective rate. Enjoy!
Oh, she pretty much read my mind! I think my stress level will stay low as long as what I’ve planted actually GROWS! HA!
Do you have a garden? Growing anything interesting right now? What is your favorite thing to grow?
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