Gardening is healthy for all ages, but the advantages of gardening increase with age. At the same time, physical limitations might also be increasing. If you can adapt to your limitations, you’ll still be smiling in the garden.
Any size garden is healthy. A garden can be on an acre, in an area of your backyard, at a community garden, in a planter or grow bag, a container on the patio, or a simple potted plant indoors.
Regardless the size of the garden, you’ll have exponential returns!
7 Reasons Gardening Is Healthy
There are countless benefits to growing vegetables and herbs. Consider the following reasons gardening might be a healthy option for you.
People who are active feel better. Moving the body is good and gardening gives great reasons for activity. You’ll need to check on your plants and keep them watered and weeded. Reaching, bending, and stretching are all part of the experience.
Gardeners need to be problem solvers and that’s good for the brain. That often requires reading books or finding online articles or videos for help. Even the most experienced green thumb might be challenged by an insect, mold, or rodent that calls for a new strategy.
It feels good to care for something that’s alive and visibly growing. It creates a daily optimism and sense of hope in the future. The first flower on a tomato plant means more than the pretty yellow flower. The tomatoes are coming next!
Creativity and Fun
Put creativity to use with painted pots, stacked planters, varieties of rocks, decorative row markers, climbing trellises, and fencing or supports. There are no two gardens exactly alike. Let your personality shine.
Getting connected to plants and the soil can be a spiritual experience. Even the frustration or sadness of a dying plant reminds us that our time on earth is limited. On the other hand, a healthy plant helps us feel empowered with a sense of success and strength.
Your homegrown herbs and vegetables will be money savers. For the price of a packet of seeds, you may literally have bushels of food. You’ll save gas money or delivery costs, as well.
Massive industrial farms cause damage to our environment with extensive use of pesticides and herbicides. Home gardening contributes to the well-being of the earth and your body, as well.
Plant Something Today!
Watching a garden grow isn’t as fast-paced as TV or the movies but it’s still surprisingly enjoyable. The flavors of freshly snipped herbs in your home are mood lifters. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchinis cut from the vine and cooked the same day are indescribably delicious and can’t be compared to store-bought produce.
If you have physical limitations, you may be able to work around them by using raised garden beds or hanging pots. Arthritis sufferers can find tools specifically made with comfortable grips.
Need further encouragement? A guest writer recently submitted a beautiful essay about her 80-year-old mother-in-law setting her cane on the garden fence to pick up her hoe. You can read the story here.
Please share your thoughts in the comment box below…
Do you grow anything at home?
Have you found ways to work around any limitations as age has advanced?