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Flourishing Things: Gardening

Gardening is good for the soul! Getting outside in the fresh air and physically connecting with nature is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. The act of gardening provides individuals with a form of physical activity that is not only enjoyable but helps to burn calories and reduce blood pressure. The mental benefits of gardening include reduced stress, increased happiness, and overall mood enhancement. Research has shown that soil contains natural antidepressant microbes! If these reasons alone aren’t enough to get you digging in your garden this summer, consider the visual and aesthetic appeal you will be adding to your yard!

Caring for plants is a great way to immerse yourself in the outdoors and better understand and appreciate what nature has to offer. Interacting with the soil and greenery lets you connect with nature by engaging your five senses. You’re able to see your plants transform from sprouts to seedlings, develop buds, flower, and mature. You can physically feel the soil, leaves, and petals beneath your fingertips. Spending time outdoors allows you to hear the chirping birds and smell the fragrant flowers and earthy soil. Last but certainly not least, you’re able to taste the fruits and vegetables that result can from your gardening endeavors!

Growing your own vegetables and fruits helps you incorporate healthy food into your diet! When you grow produce yourself, you are fully in control of what products you use on your plants. This allows you to be 100% certain that your vegetables and fruits were grown without the use of harmful chemical pesticides and fertilizers! Take some time this spring and summer to put your garden to use and grow your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers. If you don’t have access to a garden or are unable to build one, look into community garden plots or container gardening!

Gardening tips from Sheridan Nurseries

Health Benefits of Gardening

10 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening 

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