Gardening and landscaping have never felt so rewarding, so beneficial as now. As the world grapples with social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gardening is a great way to relax and regroup during these stressful times.
The cool breeze whispering through your hair. The sun gently kisses your skin. Their hands tenderly caress the ground in front of you in a caress so dear that it would not be surprising to viewers to think that they were engulfing a newborn child. Perhaps, the flowers are his son, the fruits and vegetables are the reward of his work and the landscape of his legacy.
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Beyond comparing your mini ecosystem to family, here are the top 10 benefits of gardening and landscaping:
-A constant supply of food:
Every season, the culinary benefits of gardening spill over into kitchens, pantries, and supermarkets. The traditional harvest season, which occurs in the fall, can provide many fruits and vegetables such as apples, blueberries, squash, and squash. According to the University of Minnesota, a number of vegetables can even be left over from the winter to maintain a constant supply of foods that can be harvested in the spring and summer, such as kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and garlic.
-You are what you eat:
It makes sense for a gardener to reap what he sows, and for the consumer. As gardeners consume more fruits and vegetables as products of their work, the amount of unhealthy and processed foods they eat decreases. As a result, gardeners ingest more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than those who do not grow in the garden, making them healthier.
- Gardening is exercise:
While it is not an ultramarathon, gardening and landscaping require a moderate amount of exercise. Repetitive digging, raking, kneeling, and lifting equipment for hours at a time increases blood flow and heart rate while working muscles and increasing range of motion. Because gardening and landscaping are not high intensity workouts, they serve as perfect exercises for those who have difficulty moving or are in physical rehab.
-Develops the strength and dexterity of the hands:
As we age, we lose dexterity and strength in our hands, especially our hands, reducing the range of activities that we can enjoy or enjoy. Gardening conditions the muscles of the hands, keeping them strong and agile. Alternating between the right and left hands when gardening or landscaping will ensure that both hands maintain their dexterity.
-Increases vitamin D levels:
Although gardeners can have a constant supply of nutrients with their harvest, very few foods actually contain vitamin D. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004, vitamin D, known as the sunlight vitamin because it is Acquired mainly through exposure to sunlight, it is instrumental in preventing a number of chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, hyperparathyroidism (which can cause triggering osteoporosis), and in children it can cause rickets of the disease that deforms the bones.
-Reduces stress levels:
According to a 2011 study conducted in the Netherlands, gardening is shown to improve mood and lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as the primary stress level. Lowering stress levels allows one to be more relaxed, increases immune system function, and allows one to be more productive.
-Improves the function of the immune system:
While gardening and landscaping doesn't seem like the cleanest activity to engage in, dirt that gets stuck under your nails can have some helpful properties. Soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae, common in garden dirt and absorbed by inhalation or ingestion of vegetables, has been found to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, allergies, asthma, and even lower anxiety levels.
-Provides mental health benefits:
A 1995 study found that participating in leisure activities such as gardening and landscaping can reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. The growing trend in horticultural therapy has also provided results for patients with depression and other mental illnesses, revealing a decrease in the severity of depression and an increase in mental focus.
Horticultural therapy can be customized according to one's personal preferences. To design yours, look for a combination of fruits and vegetables, as well as aromatic and flowering plants to nurture all the senses, from visual aesthetic appeal to the refreshing scent of fresh flowers and nutritional benefits. It is no coincidence that gardens intended for interactive health and healing have appeared in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and in community centers for homeless populations and at-risk youth.
-Promotes confidence and satisfaction:
Once the flowers have bloomed and the fruits have been harvested, looking back at the work that goes into gardening and landscaping will provide you with an overwhelming sense of pride, confidence, and satisfaction. The knowledge of having created such an aesthetically pleasing landscape and garden will release a sense of euphoria like no other.