It’s not just for the young and old, beginner or well seasoned, most people can benefit from all of these points.
First and foremost your daily stresses will be reduced immensely.
It is a great form of exercise for the young and not-so-old (but exercise caution if you are just starting out, go easy, especially if you are not using “raised flower-beds” or if you are not “pot-gardening”, it might take some getting used to if you have never exercised your back muscles).
It is a fantastic opportunity to get to know your parents on a different level, or if you are gardening in a community garden, because it is a very social activity .
It is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin “D“ (especially us Canadians who live in Igloos;) You really have to remember that our winters can sometimes last longer than we would like so we need to take advantage of the sun while we can :)).
You can save some money from being able to eat what you grow.
Feel a sense of pride, knowing you are NOT feeding your family a menu of pesticides
It reduces the risk of “dementia” if you’re proactive, for both your parents and yourself, and it is a great way to keep healthy because certain food choices can slow the process of a disease.
You can elevate your mood, there is a strain of bacterium in the soil called “Mycobacterium vaccae” (say that 20 times over fast!) and when your hands come in contact with it, it actually triggers the release of “Serotonin”, so the “HAPPY” switch is turned on, lowering your anxiety, and eliminating the “fight or flight” response. Unfortunately I am too familiar with this response and just knowing that gardening can help me gives me a little hope.
Eight great eye-opening reasons to take up gardening that will leave you pleasantly surprised 🙂
I would love to SEE and hear about what you have planted, and I am going to start off very simply as I do NOT have a green thumb