Garden Fresh

Gardening is great way to get outside, keep your distance from others and get a bit of a workout — plus, fresh fruits and veggies! Did you know gardening can also help fight depression? Here are just a few of the ways your garden helps you grow…

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Growing your own organic fruits and veggies means you know exactly where they came from. Fresh produce is great for heart health and fighting obesity. In addition to being better for the environment (veggies from your background or patio don’t have to be packaged or trucked anywhere), a garden can also help you make fewer trips to the grocery store and potentially crowded areas.

Sensory Experience

Seeing green leaves emerge from the ground, digging in the dirt, watching vegetables grow and develop — these are all ways that gardening helps you connect with nature. Disconnecting from screens, being outside and enjoying the sounds and sights of nature can help reduce your stress levels, improve your mental health and fight depression. Add colorful flowers with nice smelling blooms to your garden for an extra mood-booster.

Staying Active 

Keeping active and busy can be challenging when confined at home. The bending, kneeling, digging and stretching required to garden not only burns calories, but helps keep you limber and strong. The physical activity involved in gardening help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other diseases.

May is the perfect time to get digging! Whether you plant a whole garden full of veggies or just a few pots of tomatoes and herbs on your patio or windowsill, gardening is a great activity to try while social distancing.

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