This pandemic has brought so many changes to people’s lives. People from all walks of life have been adapting to necessary adjustments to cope with the new normal. From parents who are sent to their home to work, to kids who are now doing online classes to siblings who opted to do online grocery shopping and to others who chose to start their garden at home.
But whether there is a pandemic or not, or you are coping with a crisis or not, gardening is always a very good idea. Planting either flowers or vegetables can reap beautiful florae and bountiful harvests for your family.
Check out some other amazing benefits one can get from starting a garden at home.
#1 Gardening is good for your physical well-being. Source: Photo by Andre Furtado from Pexels
As gardening requires pulling, weeding, and digging, it will help burn calories. Also, exposure to sunlight has a significant effect on the body. A healthy dose of sunlight is vital to produce Vitamin D in our skin.
#2 Gardening can help reduce general anxiety. Source: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels
According to some experts, inhaling M. vaccae (a healthy bacteria that lives in soil) can essentially increase the serotonin level in our brain and help reduce anxiety. Perhaps it’s only about watering the plants, that simple act can give a sense of presence and mindfulness that can help ease anxiety. Also, the thought of having something that grows gradually every day gives joy.
#3 Gardening can also help manage “ecoanxiety”.
Your garden, no matter how big or small it is, can contribute to protecting the environment. “Eco-anxiety refers to persistent worries about the future of Earth and the life it shelters*.” Maybe subconsciously, you are worried about the thinning ozone layer or the persisting global warming but there is a sense of helplessness within you that says “I can’t do something about it.”
But that’s how gardening can help. Seeing something sprouting and thriving from your garden puts your brain into believing that you are contributing something no matter how small to the environment.
#4 Gardening strengthens the bond between family and friends.
Starting a garden at home can help foster a better family or friend relationship. Going outside the yard with the whole family can be both enjoyable and pleasing. Seeing children contribute to nurturing the garden is such an adorable sight. Similarly, children can pick up a new hobby that can be useful in the future.
#5 Gardening rewards you with visually appealing surroundings.
Whether you are gardening ornamental plants or vegetables that you can harvest, seeing your garden blooming with flowers or veggies is always an attractive sight. Who else can’t be attracted to the colorful leaves of your shrubs or the sprouting tomato in your yard?
#6 Gardening brings fresh foods to your table
Having a garden at home can assure you that you get only the freshest produce. Vegetables are picked as fresh as you can get them. If you’re eating what you’re growing, you’re not only saving some dollars but also saving our nature.
#7 Gardening can make you happy
Staring a garden can help you alleviate stress and anxiety. Various people who are growing plants in their gardens, whether vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals, feel happiness whenever they are in their garden. Plants are known to improve air quality. It also gives a pleasing sight as well as a relaxing feeling as the plants grow until the time of harvesting. It also provides a feeling of satisfaction as they see the product of their labor, time, and effort.
Indeed, starting a garden at home is truly beneficial. Try starting yours now! Head up to Plant3r.com and find out how you can select the best plants to grow.
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