Gardening: Just a hobby or a life-changing activity? - Beattys of Loughrea

Gardening: Just a popular hobby or a life-changing activity?

Gardening tools and flowers on the terrace in the garden

Gardening is one of those hobbies that we take for granted. Yet it could be considered the most popular activity around the world. Let’s dive into all things gardening and see if this hobby will improve your life.

People’s day to day can often involve a lot of screen time, sitting either in an office, and can be generally fast-paced. Gardening can be a great escape from everyday stressors.

The Importance Of Gardening?

There are many factors to consider when taking up gardening but one of the best things about this hobby is that you can start small. There are different types of plants that you can purchase, such as herbs, flowers, and vegetables. These plants are easy to care for and won't require too much attention.

“Gardening has many benefits for our health, environment, and overall happiness and peace of mind.”

Taking an interest in your garden doesn’t inevitably mean growing your own food. Invest time outdoors by growing beautiful Colourful plants and flowers.

Container Gardening is one of the most common methods of gardening. This involves planting seeds in pots or containers rather than directly in the ground. This type of gardening allows you to easily move your plants around, and it makes it easier to plant multiple varieties of crops in the same area.

Top Tip: Match what you grow to your preference. Choose your favourite flowers or pick a vegetable that you and your family love eating. This will make your free time more enjoyable.

Gardening & Your Wellbeing

Many believe spending time in the garden can mean hard work. But this is not the case and there are many Pros to carving out time to spend outdoors.

Now more than ever people are looking for a way to unwind from their busy lives. One of the Pros of being outdoors is a person’s exposure to Vitamin D. Research supports the claims that Vitamin D may regulate a person’s mood. So, any activity that involves the outdoors is a winner.

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Gardening is said to increase strength training as well as aerobic movement. Strength training strengthens muscles and bones, and aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular function. Therefore, gardening is said to be good for our health.

“Gardening is good for our health as it helps keep us active.”

If you're feeling burnt out, gardening is a great way to relieve some tension. Research has shown that spending time outdoors decreases blood pressure and improves heart health. Plus, the act of caring for something, and seeing the results of your efforts, e.g., a plant growing strong will gives a person a sense of achievement and would boost anyone’s mood.

Gardening & The Environment

A garden is a home to many wildlife as well as insects which is vital to the ecology. The world wouldn't function properly without them. So instead of killing them with pesticides, encourage them to live in your garden by providing habitats for them.

“Gardening helps us connect with our environment and ourselves and makes us feel good. “

Gardens provide us with fresh produce and clean air. A person should try to grow their favourite vegetable or fruit.  This will help reduce the effect of carbon emissions and foods journey to the shops.

Bonus Benefit: You know exactly what goes into it, and even save a little money. You might even find yourself eating better and healthier foods.

Gardening & our society

Gardening can be fun and engaging for both adults and children. Partaking in outside activities helps a person relax, improves your mood, and boosts ones creativity. And children are no exception; research has said that a child who spends time outside playing tends to develop better social skills.

The garden is the ideal place to have family members, neighbours, or friends over. Light the barbecue and enjoy socialising with everyone over food and drinks together.

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“Gardening is a great way to save money, improve your health, and enjoy nature.”

Gardening exposes children to math, science, history, and geography. They learn how food grows and what happens during different stages of growth. Children also develop skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, cooperation, and creativity. Gardening teaches children about patience, responsibility, perseverance, and self-reliance.

Ten reasons why gardening is a hobby for you.

somone in a plaid shirt and green gloves digging in the soil.
  1. You'll enjoy being out in the sun more often.
  2. Your garden can provide food for you and others.
  3. You'll learn something new every day.
  4. You'll see how different plants grow.
  5. You'll make friends with animals.
  6. For many families, gardening is a great way to teach children responsibility and help them appreciate nature.
  7. gardening is inexpensive and requires little space. This makes it accessible to everyone.
  8. Gardening helps practice patience.
  9. Exposure to Vitamin D and other health benefits
  10. There are even some studies showing that gardening can help you live longer.

Gardening is one of those things that you don't really think about unless something happens to remind you of it. When there are flowers blooming, vegetables growing, trees full of fruit, and birds singing. You realize how much you've been missing out on while spending so much time indoors.

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