Grow A Great Garden
Do you admire other people's gardens but think that you could never have one? Many
people love to look at their neighbor's lovely gardens in the spring and summer or chat with their neighbors as
their neighbors work in their gardens and they think how nice it would be to have a lovely garden of their own, but
think that they could never create a garden.
It's not as hard as you might think to create a beautiful garden full of healthy,
thriving plants. It takes some patience, some know how, and some planning, but you can create a beautiful
garden in your yard.
The biggest reason that people think they can't create their own beautiful gardens
is because they think that gardening requires a great deal of time and effort and a considerable amount of
knowledge about plants. It's true that creating a wonderful garden does take some effort, but it's easy to find the
information you need to know in order to pick the best plants for your particular area of the country and for the
soil that you have. Actually, this site will also give you tips that can help cut down on the time it takes
to create and tend to a garden.
You will find that once you lay the foundation for your garden properly it won't
take much time or effort to keep it going. And the time and effort you do spend on the garden you will
probably enjoy! There are lots of people that garden as a hobby because they find it relaxing and renewing to spend
time planting and watching their plants grow.
Once you see how easy it can be to plan, create, and maintain your own beautiful
garden you will have lots of fun creating your own garden. Gardening is a great hobby for older people or
retired people because there are lots of gardening groups that plan social activities like garden tours and garden
lunches and also have meetings to discuss different aspects of gardening.
Think gardening has to be a lot of work? It is work, but there are a lot of
benefits to gardening that you may not realize.
THE BENEFITS OF
Most people don't realize the many benefits that gardening
offers to people of all ages. It doesn't matter if you're young or old; gardening has many physical and mental
benefits that can help you lead a more active, richer life. Consider some of these wonderful benefits that
Any type of exercise is good. Most people don't get even half of the
recommended amount of exercise for their age group. Gardening is a fun hobby that can contribute to physical
fitness because gardening helps to build physical fitness in several ways. Regular physical exercise helps people
ward off serious illness like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and
even some types of cancer. In addition to warding off disease, exercise helps people by improving essential
physical fitness traits like:
Endurance - It can take many hours of squatting, walking, and
otherwise moving in the garden to get your garden ready to be planted, plant, and then to maintain the garden after
it's planted. The more physical aspects of gardening like tilling the soil, planting, and weeding help to build
endurance and help condition the heart. Gardening can be a wonderful way for older people to stay fit in a
gentle way that doesn't strain their joints or muscles.
Flexibility - It can be hard to maintain a good level of
flexibility if you work in an office and sit at a desk all day, or if you don't get to move around very much.
If you have a condition that makes it difficult for you to move around, it's even more important that you stay
flexible than it is for other people so that you don't become crippled. Gardening involves many different
active poses that will help increase your flexibility and keep you young and healthy.
Strength - Even though you won't get buff from gardening
performing normal gardening tasks and using garden implements like tillers and hauling around bags of soil and
mulch, it can help to significantly increase your strength. Gardening is a lot more fun than lifting weights, and
you'll be amazed at how much strength you can gain just from simple gardening tasks.
Gardening has many other physical benefits that can help people feel younger and
stay fit. Gardening is a great activity for older people who need gentle exercise but also need to stay mobile and
active. In addition to the many physical benefits that gardening has, there are a wide range of mental
benefits that gardening provides.
Mental Benefits of Gardening
Most people are aware of the physical benefits of gardening but they don't always
think about the mental benefits of gardening. Gardening can provide some very significant and much needed
mental benefits in addition to physical exercise.
Stress Relief - Stress is one of the most common health
complaints that people have. Stress from work, from family, from just daily living can build up and lead to
all sorts of serious health problems. Many people who suffer from chronic health conditions are advised by
doctors and experts to reduce their stress levels in order to stay healthy and fight off more chronic
problems. High stress levels can also lead to insomnia and other problems that bleed over into daily life,
making it hard to function.
Gardening is a proven stress reliever. There is just something about being
outside, in nature, digging in the dirt and helping plants to grow that is soothing and relieves stress.
Gardening is a great excuse to get out into the fresh air and sunshine and relax.
Anxiety Relief - People who suffer from chronic anxiety and even
some people who are being treated for severe anxiety find comfort in gardening. The relaxation of gardening can be
a very effective way to combat anxiety. When you're outside gardening, it's easy to sit and meditate, or sit
and daydream, or just enjoy being outside in the fresh air, all of which can help you relax and calm
In fact, there is a particular form of therapy that is being developed that uses
gardening as a therapeutic tool to combat depression and anxiety. For people who don't respond well to the
drugs that are usually prescribed to combat those disorders, gardening can be a safe and very effective
treatment. Participating in gardening clubs or other gardening social activities can also be a good way to
combat social anxiety disorders and other fears associated with being around people.
Participants in gardening therapy also feel a sense of accomplishment, increased
self-esteem, and a feeling of purpose because they are creating something special for others to enjoy and
use. Researchers still don't know all of the benefits associated with gardening therapy, but the ones that
have already been documented are enough to make gardening a highly worthwhile activity for both physical and mental
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