The benefits of gardening are numerous: It reduces stress and anxiety, motivates us to move and keep fit, contributes to healthy habits such as growing organic and tasty fruits or vegetables, and much more.

The quality of life improves by gardening. As humans, green surroundings draw our attention. It is possible to have beautiful plants that will compliment your home without going overboard or demanding too much attention.

Several studies show that just being able to see a living plant increases the overall performance and happiness of an employee in an office environment.  Can you imagine the effect that it has on a person or family’s home?

Light, frequent watering, humidity, and compost are what most indoor plants need to be lush and healthy. You can do it; experimentation and a little trust in yourself are all you need. Plants usually come with easy-to-follow instructions.  Everything will be fine if you follow them!

It is essential to choose plants that will thrive in the space given when gardening outside. A plant will suffer if it is trying to grow in an area that’s not right for it. Not choosing the right plant for the right place is the most frequent mistake inexperienced gardeners make. For success, selecting the right plants needs to be a priority.

Growing a vegetable garden can be highly gratifying. It is an exercise in patience, but it is so worth it! A fantastic taste will be your reward for growing fruits and vegetables. Be careful; you may become addicted to the fresh taste.

Gifting a plant is something people should do more. Plants do not go out of style as so many gifts do. How many other gifts will contribute to the health of the recipient as it grows over the years? People might be scared at first, but seeing the results of effort and raising a plant—or a garden—is the best feeling in the world!

In summary:

  • Outdoor gardening can help your body fight disease
  • Gardening builds strength, promotes sleep, and helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • Gardening can help protect your memory as you get older
  • Gardening is a mood booster
  • Gardening calms you after stressful events
  • Gardening is an effective tool if you’re recovering from addiction
  • Family and community gardens foster feelings of connection
  • Gardening can give you a sense of agency and empowerment
  • Gardening can help you manage ecoanxiety

You’ll need to take care of yourself while gardening

As is true of almost any activity, gardening poses certain risks to your health and safety. The CDC recommends that you take these precautions while you’re in the garden:

Pay attention to product directions any time you’re using chemicals in the garden. Some pesticides, weed killers, and fertilizers can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

  • Wear gloves, goggles, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and other safety gear, especially if you’re using sharp tools.
  • Use bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Drink lots of water and take frequent shade breaks to prevent overheating.
  • Keep a close eye on children. Sharp tools, chemicals, and outdoor heat may pose more of a threat to kids.
  • Listen to your body. It’s easy to injure yourself when you’re toting bags of mulch and hoisting shovels full of dirt.
  • Make sure you have a tetanus vaccination once every 10 years, as tetanus lives in the soil.

Key takeaways

Gardening invites you to get outside, interact with other gardeners, and take charge of your own need for exercise, healthy food, and beautiful surroundings.

If you’re digging, hauling, and harvesting, your physical strength, heart health, weight, sleep, and immune systems all benefit. And those are just the physiological outcomes. Gardening can also cultivate feelings of empowerment, connection, and creative calm.

Whether your patch is large or small, a raised bed, community garden, or window box, getting dirty and eating clean are good for you.