When I was a kid everyone had a vegetable garden in their back yard. It was an economic necessity for our family of eight kids, as it was for many families of the time. Every spring one of us kids would lose our boots, stuck deep in the mud of last year's garden. Kids and mud – so compatible! Gardening for me today is less about economic necessity and more about health: physical and mental. Taste is also a motivator. One of the positive outcomes of the pandemic is the return to nature and a simpler life. Maybe we knew subconsciously what was good for us and would keep us together mentally. Getting our hands dirty offers unlimited benefits and rewards.
How Gardening helps you Mentally
Maybe having a garden seems out of reach. We do the best we can, right? Times have changed with families being busier than ever and double garages taking up would-be garden space. Has this piqued your interest?
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Growing your own food will contribute positively to your mental health and your physical health too. We haven't even talked about nutrition, which has a huge impact. But that's a whole other story.
Of course the bending, stretching, squatting, digging and hoeing provide valuable benefits too - the bigger your garden, the smaller your behind.