Anyone can benefit from spending time in the garden - whether they're mowing the lawn, digging over the vegetable patch or sitting down and admiring the view
- It’s a brilliant workout
Loads of different muscle groups are activated when you work in the garden – whether it’s your arms and shoulders when digging, your legs when pushing a lawnmower or your fingers and wrists when planting and weeding. Carrying bags of compost or full watering cans is akin to lifting weights at the gym.
- It alleviates stress
Focusing on the task at hand, whether it’s weeding, planting or deadheading, requires concentration. You will automatically forget your worries and irritations because gardening becomes all-consuming. A good tip: leave the phone in the house and turned to silent.
- It builds self-esteem
Completing a job and seeing the results of your handiwork gives a huge sense of pride and satisfaction. Whether the lawn looks neater, the borders tidier or you’ve gathered a crop of tomatoes, these are all tangible achievements.
- It promotes family bonding
No matter what the age or ability, there’s a task for everyone in the garden. Little ones can put grass clippings in a sack, teenagers can mow the lawn and grandparents can do a spot of deadheading. You can all spend time together and get a bit of fresh air.
- You’ll eat healthier
Growing your own fruit and vegetables provides a reliable source of healthy food; after all, you know exactly where it came from and what treatment and fertilisers have, or haven’t, been used. Plus, home-grown food is tastier – and saves on your food bill.
- It’s a creative outlet
Unleash your inner artist or designer – you have absolute freedom, within the bounds of your garden plot and bank balance, to create any style and shape of garden you want. You can go wild with the colour, add a water feature, create a Zen garden or a secret wildflower meadow. It’s your choice.
- You can fill your home with flowers
There’s no need to buy expensive, hot-housed flowers to decorate your home. A garden gives you a ready supply of blooms. Think beyond the obvious, too. Foliage, twigs and grasses, even bark, will help make simple and attractive decorations.
- You’ll make new friends
Gardeners are a friendly bunch and love to share their knowledge. Don’t know how to cut back the ivy or why your lettuces have bolted? Ask a gardening neighbour or join a local gardening club. You’ll soon be sharing tips and cuttings.
- It attracts wildlife
If you tend to your garden, you’ll notice birds come in search of worms and insects, while bees and butterflies will come in search of nectar.
- It’s good for the soul
Gardens connect us with the land and with nature. They are, if you’ll forgive the statement of the obvious, grounding. They remind us that there are seasons, that nature needs time to grow and blossom, that patience will be rewarded. A garden is a wonderful antidote to the fast-paced, on-message, instant-gratification world in which many of us live. You want to be calm and relaxed? Take a stroll around your garden.
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