Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health

The weather is warming up, and that means more people will spend time outside. For some, it’s a great time to do a little gardening.

Gardening can be a great way to get outdoors, be active, and eat healthy. Here are some benefits to gardening:

  • Provides nutritious fruits and veggies for your dinner table (no added preservatives, sugars, pesticides, etc.) – you know exactly where your food is coming from!
  • Increases exposure to Vitamin D – this increases your calcium levels, benefiting your bones and immune system
  • Can decrease dementia risk
  • Stress reliever and mood booster
  • Enjoyable exercise! – pulling weeds, reaching for plants and tools, and twisting and bending while in the garden all help work your muscles, increasing strength, flexibility, and your stamina
  • In cases with community gardens, it helps combat loneliness

Here are some gardening basics to help you get started:

  • Location, location, location – be sure to read your plant’s description to know exactly what they need in terms of sunlight and shade
  • Timing and Type – research the best time to plant your specific plants
  • Start simple – Some plants are easier to grow than others, start with those! (Tomatoes, peppers, onions, chard, and others)
  • Water – make sure you’re watering your plants daily; general rule of thumb is about an inch/week