June 26, 2020
As some of life’s simpler pleasures come back in fashion, it’s no surprise gardening is among them. From its roots as a survival practice, tending plants has become a versatile hobby loved by many.
Whether you’re interested in growing fresh herbs, starting a modern-day victory garden, or brightening your home with vibrant flowers or an exotic arrangement of miniature cacti and succulents, there is a garden suited for every lifestyle, level of expertise, and time commitment.
But flowers and fresh produce aren’t the only rewards you can reap in your garden. According to psychological research, gardening may yield a host of benefits for your long-term health and happiness.
- Enjoy Fresh Air and Exercise. Gardening can be a form of fitness: All that digging, planting, weeding and watering can improve your cardiovascular health, strength and balance. You’ll know you’re getting the right amount of activity if you can easily talk, but not sing, while gardening.
- Nurture Your Mind. Anyone who’s cared for a garden knows that it takes focus, patience and discipline – and that challenge may benefit your cognitive health over time. According to one long-term study, daily gardening can reduce the incidence of dementia by 36%.
- Spice Up Your Diet. Not everyone is ready for the time and planning required by a vegetable garden – but herbs can be a simple and tasty way to supplement your kitchen with fresh flavor all year round. Start with easy-to-grow basics like basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley, and oregano – then expand your palate as your garden grows.
- Lift Your Mood. If you’re feeling anxious or tired, helping plants flourish can be a source of peace, fulfillment and joy. One study found that gardening could be an even more effective mood-booster than other relaxing activities, like reading indoors.
- Get Some Sun. Spending a few minutes in the sun every day can boost your vitamin D levels, which are important for calcium absorption, bone strength and immunity. Just be sure to protect your skin and eyes with a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and sunscreen!
Plants can provide beauty, fragrance, flavor and a breath of fresh air in trying times – so get started today and spice up your life!
Here at The Mayflower, we take pride in our community’s abundant natural beauty. With walking trails, waterside views, plentiful flowers and greenery, and even a local koi pond – all just minutes from the elegance of downtown Winter Park – it’s no surprise one of our residents described us as “an oasis in the city.”