Gardening has long been a healthy hobby – not only for the physical benefits but mental betterment too. Those with green thumbs take pleasure in their sunny pastime, and those not-so-green thumbs should try it, too.
But why is gardening so good for us?
The obvious advantage is exercise. To some, gardening might not seem to be taxing enough to burn fat, however, depending on the duration and type of gardening activity you get up to – it’s actually comparable to a workout at the gym. Getting out of the house and soaking up the sun (or rain) and fresh air can do wonders to your body compared to sitting stationary inside. Along with the benefits of physical fitness come reduced health risks of obesity, hearth attacks and lowering your BMI.
And the benefits don’t there. It’s been increasingly established that gardening can have a robust impact on your mental well-being – with gardeners having better brain health, reducing mental illness and being less stressed individuals all together.
If you’re a well-seasoned gardener, you’ll already be reaping the rewards of all your hard work. But f you’re new to the gardening scene, where do you start?
Before you start tackling the temperamental trees, delicate flowers and hard-to-grow fruits and veggies – think small. Start with easy-grow vegetables. You can enjoy the planting, growing and nurturing process as with other plants, with the added benefit of being left with with healthy edible returns – another added bonus of gardening.
Here are some easy ways to get started gardening:
- Sow crunchy fresh salad leaf seeds throughout summer and you can be cutting leaves in your kitchen just three weeks later.
- Spring onions and radishes are great for spicing up your salad and are perfect for growing in pots, or sow directly into the ground throughout summer.
- Crops such as onions and garlic are practically maintenance-free, so they’re great for beginners. Simply plant individual garlic cloves and onion bulbs in well drained soil in spring or summer, leave till late summer and lift them right out of the ground.
- Tomatoes are also a good starter as they grow very quickly. Bush varieties require less attention so you’ll only need to feed and water them. If you don’t feel confident growing them from seed, start with a plug plant.
Healthy veggies are just one example of how gardening can improve your health, but it’s not just all in the eating.
The outdoors, fresh air and connection to mother nature is keeps gardeners coming back for more – with every dig of their shovel improving their wellbeing.
For more on why gardening is the healthy hobby you should take up this year, check out the infographic below by What Shed.