Gardening may sound tough and disinteresting at first. But it can be a fun experience once you indulge yourself in it. And there are many health benefits of gardening as well.
You may have seen many people getting their hands and feets dirty in taking care of their plants. They seem to love nothing more than spending time watering and culturing their plants.
Their actions may have made you question yourself why are they so much passionate about getting their hands dirty caring about those plants. The answer to this question is a simple one i.e. because they enjoy gardening much like you enjoy watching your favorite show on tv or on the internet.
You may find it difficult to believe that gardening can be fun but it is true. Planting trees and vegetables and taking care of them gives immense pleasure to people. They find great happiness when they see their plants bearing flowers and then fruits and vegetables.
The Beauty Of Gardening:
Imagine, you planting your favorite fruit tree in your garden. You take your time and effort in watering and caring for it. As the days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years, one day you realize that it has grown into one fine tree and starts bearing flowers for the first time.
You see bees flying from one flower to another sucking nectar and in the meanwhile pollinating the flowers.
You eagerly wait for the flowers to wither and take the shape of our favorite fruit. After waiting for a few weeks, you start seeing fruits in place of the flowers and you are delighted.
As the days pass by, you see those little fruits grow bigger and bigger and you now wonder when will they ripe. Finally, one day your wait is over and you see ripe fruits hanging down from the tree which you’ve planted.
Now imagine you plucking the fruit gently and rushing back to your kitchen to find a knife so that you could cut it and taste first-hand. You find a knife and cut it into pieces and when you take a bite all those heavenly flavors make your taste buds dance like crazy.
You then realize that all your efforts weren’t in vain and feel proud of yourself. That’s the beauty and magic of gardening.
Now answer for yourself whether gardening is fun or just a way of getting your hands dirty for nothing.
But we aren’t done yet. We are merely just getting started on what gardening feels like. We shall now discuss the benefits of gardening or why you should practice gardening. Furthermore, we shall also discuss on how to get started on gardening and develop it as a fun habit.
1. Helps to Keep You Active:
There are many smaller tasks involved in gardening such as digging a hole for your plants, planting seeds, spraying fertilizers, cleaning weeds, watering your plants, and more. All these activities require you to work out your entire body and help you to stay physically fit and active. It is one of the health benefits of gardening.
2. Gardening For Stress Management:
You may find it difficult to believe it but gardening actually helps in stress management. Studies have shown that gardening every day helps to lower the cortisol hormone level which is associated with stress.
Stress is one of the primary cause of mental illness and mental disorder. So, by keeping stress under control, you might as well lower your chances of suffering from mental illnesses and diseases.
Furthermore, physical activities involved in gardening helps to promote the feel-good hormone, dopamine. Dopamine hormone helps to improve your mood which is another benefit of gardening.
You can practice gardening after returning home from work to have better results. It will help to relieve most of your work stress and improve your mood. This way you’re less likely to fall victim to mental illnesses such as anxiety.
3. Better Physique and Greater Gripping Strength:
Gardening requires you to make use of your hands more often while digging, plucking weeds, watering, planting, and many such other tasks. When you practice gardening for a longer period of time, you’ll soon notice that your gripping power has significantly increased.
And not just your gripping power but your hand muscles are also fine-tuned. It is because you exercise your hands regularly when practicing gardening. It is another of the health benefits of gardening.
4. Eat Homegrown Foods and Save Money:
Purchasing vegetables and fruits every day can cost you a lot. And by a lot, I literally mean a huge sum of money. But when you grow your own vegetables and fruits, you need to buy less from the marketplace. This helps to save your time and money.
You will also get to eat fresh foods straight from your garden. This way you’ll lower your risk of developing diseases and illnesses which are caused due to chemicals and preservatives used in growing and storing the foods.
5. Gardening For a Good Night Sleep:
If you are someone who is having some kinds of sleeping disorder, spending some time gardening will surely help you to improve your sleep quality.
There is no denying that gardening is a set of physical tasks that constantly requires you to work out your body. And much like any other physical exercise, gardening makes your body tired.
When you go to bed after spending some time gardening every day, you fall asleep quicker. And you can stay asleep for a longer period of time.
Apart from you exercising while performing tasks such as watering the plants, pulling out weeds, etc. you also create a lot of healthy green space around you. Studies have found that people can sleep better when surrounded by trees and greens.
So, the tiny garden you create becomes your oasis where you can relax and have a pleasant nap time.
6. Eat Healthy to Live Healthily:
Getting to eat your own food is another of the health benefits of gardening. There is no food that tastes better than homegrown food. And not just tastier but they are also healthier to eat.
They are rich in nutritional value since no nutrients are lost in the process of storing and transporting. You can always pluck and eat them fresh from your garden.
Eating foods high in nutritional value will eventually contribute to your overall health and well-being. You can expect to live a long and healthy life free of diseases and illnesses when you eat homegrown foods.
7. Fun Playing In The Dirt:
Children have a special bond with dirt. They like getting themselves covered in the dirt. But instead of just playing in the dirt, if you teach your kids the art of gardening, they will get a much better experience.
It is a great way of teaching your kind some essential aspects of life. They may as well admire the concept of growing their own food. This will help them in the near future as well.
Tips on Gardening:
Gardening is an art just like any other. Everything you do takes you one step closer to mastering it. All you need is imagination and practice. Also, it is fairly easy to get started and do not require prior knowledge or experience.
You also do not require a large piece of land to start gardening. You can perform gardening even in the absence of land just like in aquaculture or rooftop gardening.
For starter, you can get a few flower pots and plant some flower seeds in your balcony. Try creating a miniature garden by replicating nature at its best. And if you like the hang of it, you can always create a bigger garden around your home.
You might as well start with planting some onions and garlic. You can even plant them on empty cans or water bottles by filling them with soil and fertilizers. This way you get to add homegrown seasoning to your food.
If you want to get started on exotic plants like me, then you can always try your hands on bonsai. Try creating a bonsai out of your favorite plant. This way, you’ll never get bored with gardening.