With everything that’s been going on, you’re likely more stressed than usual. But summer is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to get outdoors. And luckily, there’s something you can do outside that helps relieve stress: Start a home garden.
Research has shown that gardening helps reduce stress and anxiety. But that’s not all gardening can do. Let’s look at a few of the potential benefits of gardening and what you can do to get started.
Why is gardening good for you?
Whether you choose to design a beautiful space to relax, a homegrown food source or both, a garden can provide a number of benefits, including:
- A meaningful activity that provides a healthy distraction from daily stressors.
- Fresh air and exercise.
- A bonding experience for friends and family.
- Teachable moments about patience, nurturing, healthy eating and the value of hard work.
What do you need to start your own garden?
Your garden doesn’t have to be elaborate to be beneficial. It can be as simple as a window box or a couple of potted plants. These items are a good starting point:
- Seeds: If you’re wary of venturing out to a plant store, order some packets online.
- Potting soil: This can be supplemented with compost and other organic matter.
- A designated area: Try to pick an area that has some direct sunlight.
You might also want to get tools for watering, weeding and harvesting.
Your plant choices will depend on the size and purpose of the garden and the amount of light it gets. Of course, it’s also important to take your personal tastes into consideration when choosing your plants.
- Check plants daily for changes in physical appearance. Diseased leaves will often spot or change colors.
- Don’t get discouraged if problems should occur. Learn from your mistakes and apply your newfound knowledge to the next round of plants.
Do you have any other questions? Please reach out today. We’re happy to help.