Gardening can enhance many different aspects of life for different people; for some, it’s an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise, others may use it as a social tool (allotments lend themselves to this aspect rather nicely). In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about encouraging children to grow their own food to educate and promote healthy lifestyle choices; this also comes under the gardening bracket. Here are three major benefits of gardening:
The physical health benefits of gardening have been publicised at length for a number of years now, and are just as relevant as ever, while the mental health benefits are lesser known. Gardening is proven to lower stress levels, which can aid sleep, reduce the effects of anxiety and depression and can even help lower the risk of dementia by 36%!
Growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs can save a lot of money and is also a healthier option as you know exactly what you’re eating. Cooking from scratch is a great way of saving money, as opposed to relying on packets and jars, and using homegrown, fresh produce means you are more likely to go down this route in the kitchen.
Community and social
Lending your green-fingered skills to community projects is a fun way to meet new people and, you never know, maybe even make new friends! If you don’t have a garden, taking on an allotment is also a good way to make friends with like-minded people with whom you share a hobby. Getting children involved in allotment gardening is also a fantastic way to bring the family together and close the generation gap between grandparents and grandchildren.
All of the evidence points to gardening being a brilliant hobby – what are you waiting for?