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4 Ways Gardening Is Good For You
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(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world,
there’s an app for just about everything. People
are glued to their smartphones, texting instead
of talking, and, in general, interacting with
technology more than they do with the living,
breathing world around them. But there’s a
cure for tech overload: Gardening. Whether
you’re creating a vegetable garden in your
backyard or planting flowers and herbs on
your apartment balcony, it’s all about getting
outside, feeling the sun on your face, and
putting your hands into the soil.
If you find you’re desperately in need of
a break from devices, try gardening to get
back in touch with what’s real.
If you’ve never gardened before, it might
sound intimidating, but just dive in. Plant a
flower in the ground or grow herbs on your
windowsill and see what happens. Sun, water,
and a little TLC is all it takes. You’ll find
that gardening is an easy, enjoyable hobby
that anyone can learn to do. And it’s good
for your health, too. Here are four surprising
ways gardening is good for you.
Locally grown food is healthy. Eating local
is on trend these days. What’s more local
than your own backyard? Pick your veggies
at the peak of ripeness and walk 20 feet to
your table, rather than having them picked
early and transported for 20 (or 200) miles
to the grocery store. That means they’re full
of flavor and freshness. You’re getting more
nutrients, too. The BOOST Collection are
plants from Burpee that include specially
selected vegetables with higher antioxidants
filled with vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene,
selenium and lycopene. Another health benefit:
Growing your own vegetables allows you to
choose what fertilizers and pesticides come
in contact with your food. Instead of paying
more at the grocery store for organic produce,
grow it at home for a fraction of the cost.
And the convenience factor can’t be beat.
Craving a salad for dinner? Pop outside and
pick some lettuce.
You’ll have more compassion and less
anxiety. Research has found that gardening
creates compassion toward others, less
worry and anxiety, and lowers depression.
Further, people who spend more time around
plants are more likely to help others and
engage in social relationships. If you want
to experience the satisfaction for yourself,
start with something simple. Wave Petunias
and Cool Wave Pansies are the perfect easymaintenance,
high-performance plants that
are great for beginners!
Gardening combats loneliness. Studies show
that chronic loneliness increases your risk for
all kinds of ailments, from stress hormones
to inflammation to heart disease. Gardening
combats loneliness by giving us a sense of
community as it allows us to come together to
enjoy local gardens or meet fellow gardeners
in your neighborhood. Looking to go one
step further? Start a weekly cooking group
with friends using ingredients from your
gardens! Get started with one of Burpee’s
It counts as a workout. You might not think
of gardening as a physical activity, but it gets
your heart rate pumping. Whether you’re
pulling weeds, lifting your Wave petunia
planters, or working the soil, research shows
you’ll be burning 200 to 400 calories per hour!
So, the next time you’re feeling digital
fatigue, let gardening be your refuge. Your
mind, body and spirit will thank you. *