A small piece on the importance and value of a garden and the skill of gardening.
Living in a city without a touch of greenery can get claustrophobic after a while. Studies suggest that most of us are putting our health at risk by not spending enough time in an outdoor space or garden. Negative emotions such as stress and anxiety are a result of being confined in the same spaces and not getting enough exposure to sunlight and fresh air.No matter how much space you have in your home, you can try and make room for a small garden or nursery corner. From young kids to grandparents all types of people can enjoy the benefits of gardening. You can either take it up as a weekly hobby or you can opt for small easy to manage plants that just need watering once a day. Either way, you will reap the benefits of your green space.
TAKE TIME OUT-–Gardens are places that engage all our senses in a variety of ways. Simply spending time in an open space can do you wonders. When we nurture a garden, we increase our connection with nature and our sense of wellbeing. So next time spend a little while amongst your plants, take in the smell and the pretty sight. Exposure to a natural environment can help you relax.
PHYSICALLY INVIGORATING—If you have a good garden space, you have the opportunity to plant whatever you feel like. From vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices to flowers and plants the options are endless is a great form of exercise for the body. Gardening can, in fact, help burn those extra calories and promote better sleep at night.
EAT RIGHT—A garden often can be used to grow fresh organic fruits and vegetables, which is far better than the processed foods most of us consume. Try growing something basic like herbs and spices or even easy to grow vegetables. You will have lots of fun using your grown produce in your cooking. Vegetables grown at home are also known to taste better and can be picked just when you need them. You will also be saving a lot of money in the long run and be eating food with minimal fertilizers and pesticides. Further, plants provide natural oxygen which is healthy for you, bringing in fresh air every day.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPACE—Even if your garden comprises of a line of potted plants, it’s a good idea to keep it. Use any possible space whether a window box, balcony or terrace to grow something and enjoy the positivity.
SOCIAL BENEFITS—If you can manage to grow some pretty flowers in your little green space then these can be gifted to family and friends on special occasions. Those who have a garden terrace can even have barbeques or potluck parties. You can exchange gardening tips with your friends and even find out how they grow a certain plant.
MENTALLY RELAXING-–Gardening creates an environment of relaxation and enjoyment. It helps lower blood pressure and minimize the possibility of depression. Overall, it can make you feel really calm and positive.
GET SOME FAMILY TIME—Maintaining a garden can be a great learning activity for the entire family. It will teach you patience and hard work. Some plants require more attention than others and need to be cared for on a daily basis. Get your kids and spouse involved as well. Kids will love learning about the new kinds of flowers and plants available and will love watching their seeds grow.