Gardening can LEAF you feeling whole
When you picture gardening you probably imagine soil, and shovels, and some drips of
sweat here and there. Well, that’s definitely what I imagine. Not until I read an article of all the benefits gardening can do not only for the earth but for you as well! Did you know that gardening is considered a “moderate to high” intensity workout? You lose calories doing something so simple and so fun. Nowadays, our culture is evolving around technology rather than the embracement of nature. This can cause major detriments to the physical and mental health of our people.
Dr. Eva Shawl, author of the book “Shove It”, mentioned that not only does gardening cause weight loss, it’s proven to reduce the risk of depression and other mental disorders, reduces stress levels and blood pressure. This comes to show that planting a few seeds here and there, can affect you in a way you’re not aware of. Research shows that even being around flowers and plants can generate changes in your mood, The color, feeling and smells, can solicit a positive response providing you with peaceful sensations and feeling of harmonious tranquility. Basically, gardening is a cheaper form of therapy. It allows you to embody a focused state of mind where you can feel fulfilled and accomplished.
So now that we agree that gardening is good for the mind and body, what about the lovely Earth itself? Plants and flowers affect the environment similar to how gardening affects
our health. While plants release oxygen (the very element sustaining our life) they intake carbon dioxide and other gases. Some gases pollute the air and plants absorb these. They are cleaner of the air as they are cleaners of the soul.
Getting the youth involved can promote healthier eating habits. A vegetable garden can show kids what they put into their body and help them gain responsibilities. Having something to accomplish can give everyone the confidence they deserve.
Now the question is, how do you start? Well since we established that there are little to
no restrictions when it comes to gardening, we can now say that there is no pressure. You can start small. Just find yourself some decent soil and tools. You can buy gloves, a spade, a rake, a hand trowel, and for crop growers; a hoe. There are varying types of shovels for different purposes like digging or scooping soil. A digging one is quite useful. After being properly equipped, all there’s left to do is to know how to maintain healthy plants, and elongate their lives. Improving the fertility of your soil can provide the needed nutrients your plants need. Organic materials are preferable because many fertilizers can deplete your soil leaving your plants to die.
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The next step is deciding what to garden.The easiest known crops to plant are those you
can find in a scrumptious salad. When you start planting some of these, they won’t stop
growing. Next thing you know, you’ll have an abundance of cucumbers or tomatoes to eat or gift away. Some take as little as 20 days to grow, such as radishes. Zucchinis and green beans are also known to grow fast and in bundles too. You can plant some flavorful leaves. There’s a variety to choose from like spinach, lettuce, cabbage and more. You can also spice it up a bit and plant onions or beetroots. You can sow these into the ground or easily grow them in pots.But be careful, because the temperature will affect your plants so it should be in the right season.
Potatoes are harvested early in the year around February and March. Peas also grow in cooler weather. You can’t forget the tomatoes as they are the easiest to grow. They grow fast too. These are usually grown in hanging baskets seeing as they are almost vine-like.
If you aren’t looking to make a salad anytime soon, then brighten your life with easy to
plant flowers. You can start off with sunflowers. These eye-catching beauts are not only in
variety, they’re also pretty easy to handle since the seed is big which is great for kids. Similar to this bright flower is the marigold. Both of these grown in sunny weather. In either sun or shade, the red pinkish begonias will flourish. These look best in hanging baskets but again, it is all to your preference.
Your green thumb is in control! Own it. If you’re worried about the weather, plant stubborn weather fighting flowers such as the snapdragons. These bloom beautifully and will probably attract ongoing hummingbirds, bees, and/or butterflies. And who wouldn’t want these tiny helpers in their garden? Let’s not forget about scents. Some flowers have a fragrance stronger than others. Daffodils are fall flowers and will fill your nose with their earthy fragrance. These luscious flowers will brighten your day with color and aroma. They aren’t so hard to take care of either. All it takes water, sunlight and love. You have to remember to feed your plants as they have needs like all of us.