Sowing the seeds of serenity
Dive in the shed and pull out the spade, investing in your garden is investing in yourself. Spend a little time here and it'll be more than just your plants that grow. The compassion you put in, you'll get back out and your self-esteem will receive a boost.
The physical energy exerted in tending to our plots benefits our bodies in many ways. Gardening is actually considered a moderate intensity exercise and helps us to burn calories. 30 minutes a day participating in a moderate-level activity also lowers blood pressure, so grab the rake and gather the fallen leaves.
Grow your own
Benefits of the process: Gardening is great if you need a little me time but it can also become a family activity which will teach your children lots of valuable skills (patience, nurture, where their food comes from, how plants grow, which plants are toxic and how plants benefit nature to name a few).
Reap the rewards: A balanced diet will have a positive effect on our bodies and therefore our minds. The fresh and plentiful supply of healthy produce throughout the year encourages us to reach the recommended 5-a-day. Children are also more likely to try a wider range of fruits and vegetables if they have been involved in the growing process.
Financial Growth: Did you ever consider gardening as a financial investment too? Save money on food by growing your own. To save the most cash, grow vegetables that are expensive to buy and vegetables that you can easily store or preserve by canning, freezing, dehydrating, or pickling.
There are many aspects of the garden and gardening, that create a soothing feeling. For more information on how you might awaken your senses, follow this link for some inspiration and get some dirt under your fingernails: