Benefits of Gardening

When it comes to the great outdoors, there are so many unexpected positives as well as health benefits, particularly with gardening.

If you are a complete gardening novice, it can feel intimidating or like getting started will be a daunting task, however this is not always the case! If you need more convincing, here are some of the biggest benefits of gardening to get you out in the yard.

Health Benefits:

Any experienced gardener knows that gardening can be a real workout – gardening often helps with mobility as well as strengthens several muscle groups – as there can be plenty of heavy lifting involved or tasks that can be very physically demanding when done manually - such as scarifying a lawn.

3 hours of moderate gardening is the equivalent of 1 hour of moderate exercise in the gym, so next time the yard needs a good clear-out think of all of the calories that you will be burning!

Relieves Stress:

It’s not just spending time in the garden that can really chill you out, many gardeners find that performing gardening tasks can be a very therapeutic experience. With physical exertion, working towards a goal as well as being in the great outdoors & soaking up the sunshine – means that gardening is a a great way of improving your mood and in some cases even helping with anxiety.

In a recent episode of BBC's Gardeners World, singer – Will Young shared that gardening massively helped improve his anxiety disorder: "I found this wonderful house and my parents came down around six years ago and created this amazing garden. I actually earned the money for my Pop Idol audition through gardening, so without it I don't know where I would be today. I have anxiety disorder, so gardening really grounds me, and it really helps. I like to feel the earth and it's sensory, so it's definitely become a saviour. Now it is something I deliberately put into my routine. I really started getting into it when I was in treatment."

Improves Your Garden:

The only way to get the garden of your dreams is to get stuck in! Even just a little gardening work such as general yard maintenance will massively improve the look and feel of your garden and can even improve your property value.

Another huge improvement to your garden could be local wildlife. By making simple changes such as getting a birdbath, planting flowers & putting out bird food – will no doubt result in attracting birds, butterflies and other local wildlife that can be exciting to watch!

Free Fruit & Veg:

One of the reasons why gardening can be so rewarding is the satisfaction of growing your very own delicious food from seed. Growing your own food is a very inexpensive way of growing high quality, organic food that is free of potentially harmful pesticides & herbicides that you find from supermarket veg. Creating your own vegetable patch is a great hobby and a great idea to get children involved and introduce them to vegetables.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your garden, checkout our knowledge base for latest news as well as how to guides.

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