Everyone longs to live a better life. It takes conscious effort to maintain proper physical as well as mental health which has a direct impact on your personal growth. There are certain activities that improve your physical health, others improve your mental health. But gardening adds to both and therefore effects your personal growth. How? Here are some answers.
1. Natural Healer
The physical movement of your body reduces obesity, lowers blood pressure, improves cardiovascular activities, lowers sugar levels, drains cholesterol, eases muscle tension and reduces stress. The very sight of greenness and the arrays of colors invoke peace, tranquility and happiness in your mind. In short, it is the best natural therapy for your body and soul.
2. Environment Booster
“Green” is the global call of the hour. Plants grown in your garden absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants. In return, they give you clean oxygen along with wonderful fragrances. The plants hold the soil in place which reduces soil erosion. They also make use of rainwater run-off.
3. Adds to Property Value
A garden in front of your home speaks highly of your lifestyle, status and outlook. Whether its flowers or vegetables and fruits, a garden adds significantly to the décor and value of your house and property.
If you are trying to sell your property, a garden will appeal to prospective buyers and help bring a higher price.
4. Self-Sufficiency and Cost Saving on Vegetables
If you grow things according to the season, you will get vegetables and fruits throughout the year. Most importantly, they will be fresh and highly beneficial to your health.
If you grow vegetables and fruits by adopting organic methods it will prevent the harmful effects of pesticides and dangerous chemicals from fertilizers.
5. Self-Satisfaction and Sense of Responsibility
Plants grow well if they get a personal touch and attention. By observing the gradual growth from a seedling to a fruit bearing plant, you will get the self-satisfaction of being a part of the natural process of regeneration or procreation.
Moreover, when you put your personal efforts into watering, digging, fertilizing and weeding; you develop a sentimental attachment for the plants and will thus create a deeper sense of responsibility. This will add immensely to your personal growth which will be helpful for your day to day social interactions.
6. Mental Booster
Those suffering from mental issues such as stress or depression will find gardening to be a constructive project. When engaged in gardening your mind is diverted and gives you relief from these issues. You may find gardening to be engrossing and engaging.
You can even talk with your plants – share the problems which you might be shy about revealing to other people. In fact, the plants can become your companions!
7. Group Gardening
You can grow your garden with others such as relatives, neighbors or friends. If you are retired, you can create a group of senior citizens and work together to nurture the plants. This widens your social contacts and provides others who can share your pain and pleasure. You can divide your harvest of fruits and vegetables among your helpers.
8. Safety for You and Your Family
The fencing or boundary walls around your house help keep you and your property safe and secure.
9. Horticultural Therapy
As a social cohesion and socialization tool, common Unity gardens can be set up to help correct the negative behaviors of adult prisoners, young offenders and alcohol and drug addicts. They can also be used as an income generating source for economically and socially disadvantaged communities.
10. Ease of Completing
Gardening does not involve much technical skill or know-how. You can learn what you need to know by referring to horticultural books or the internet. You can also obtain knowledge from neighbor or friends. However, you must be prepared to exert some physical effort.
Growing grasses for your lawn is an important part of gardening. You should, therefore, be aware when the grass stops growing. Three factors affect the growth of grass. These are the adequacy of temperature, moisture and sunshine.
To keep your lawn looking crisp, your mowing equipment should be kept in perfect condition.
To cut wet grass:
- Clean debris off the shield after you are finished mowing.
- Mow more often (about every 5 days) so that the grass does not become too long.
- Raise the deck of the mower to the second highest setting.
- Use side discharge instead of mulching or bagging.
Grow a garden to add to your mental and physical health and “grow” a good personality.