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The Benefits of Gardening

Humans were meant to grow alongside plants, however in recent years we have adopted a more industrial lifestyle and put nature to the side which has negatively affected our health. A number of recent studies have shown that the long term exposure to air pollutants and the popularization of the consumer lifestyle have not only begun to destroy our environment with climate change but also increased the cases of health problems in humans such as asthma,

and heart disease. The people most at risk are those who are very young, or very old, as well as people with pre-existing medical conditions. The last of nature in urban areas also has a negative effect on our mental health. A study done by the department of health has shown that seeing green life can prove more effective in decreasing loneliness, increasing self esteem,

and can even put off dementia in later years. If used in offices or work areas foliage can increase productivity and lower stress in the everyday worker too. All of these benefits are possible by just planting or getting a single plant. So why do only 35% of people in America garden at home or in the community? Most say because of the lack of information to support it and to get started, well not anymore. This article will give you a brief overview of more of the benefits of gardening and some tips to get you started.


THere are a variety of ways to start your garden, each yielding its own benefits to you and the environment. For instance plants grown indoors can have a dramatic impact on the air quality in homes. If put in an open area, these plants would be able to provide the environment with beneficial microbes which can help improve the microbiome in homes. Though the main benefit of indoor plants is its ability to clean the air. Depending on the plant, it can pull out a variety of medals and harmful particulates such as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other harmful toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde which can leave your house feeling fresher and even supply a healthy amount of oxygen during the day. Outdoor gardening has a much more broad range of benefits. For instance, Certain plants can pull heavy medals from the soil of its surroundings decreasing the amount of pollutants in its immediate surroundings. Gardening can also decrease the amount of soil erosion and even add nutrients back into it. Plants also attract a healthy amount of wildlife such as birds and bees along with beetles and butterflies. However it could also attract some bigger animals such as squirrels and rabbits in some cases. Planting also introduces biodiversity back into the backyard which is always a good thing in environmental terms.


However, how does the act of gardening affect humans?THe most immediate answer is the physical exercise. Though it sounds odd researchers from the department of health said that the simple act of raking up leaves, preparing a plot of land, or even digging a hole to plant can be enough to lower your chances of heart disease and relaxing enough to lower your stress and promote longevity. Another benefit is the amount of vitamin D people get while gardening. Humans need sunlight to, though not as much as plants, so it's a good practice to go outside often and gardening is a simple and easy excuse to do so. Gardening as a hobby is considered one of the major ways to put oneself into a more positive mental state as well as encourage patients, increase self confidence, and even be an overall mood- booster. Not to mention it encourages a healthier diet and inscribes a sense of accomplishment once your plant produces fruits.



So how do you get started? Well for one a good practice is to look up the plants that are suggested to be grown in your area. It's crucial to pick what plants you want when to start gardening because each one has slightly different needs. Plus it's part of the fun. Once you get your selection in order, you should make sure to time when you plant your seeds. Most plants have a specific season they grow in so it's important to do some research to find when it's right to plant different plants. The most important thing you need to remember is plants require seven distinct things: room to grow, proper temperature, Water, Air, light, nutrience, and time. Though plants are resilient so it's ok to work with what you have. So go out and experiment with plants. It's fun for all ages and a great way to improve your life all together.


Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/health-benefits-of-gardening-fd.html


https://www.bestspy.co.uk/7-ways-gardening-helps-environment/#:~:text=Gardens%20help%20the%20environment%20by,for%20various%20animals%20and%20insects.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6334070/


https://www.publicgardens.org/file/35514/download?token=u8EFkrRl#:~:text=3.,both%20people%20and%20fuel%20emissions.


http://www.farmerfoodshare.org/farmer-foodshare/2017/6/15/gardening-boom-1-in-3-american-households-grow-food#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20National%20Gardening,up%20200%20percent%20since%202008.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6290261/#B56




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