Why Gardening Is Good for You

Gardening brings in more than just pretty flowers and healthy vegetables into your life — it can even bring you more life! My husband’s great aunt is a living testimony to this. She has gardened most of her life and is now almost a hundred.

We were privileged to visit her garden last Christmas, and although I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her, I can almost tell how beautiful she is by the way the plants in her garden looked.

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One of the amazingly beautiful flowers found in my husband’s great aunt’s garden in Batingtingan, Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

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GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOUR BONES

People who tend their gardens everyday are healthier than those who sit all day in front of their computers at work for several reasons. One is obvious reason is that they get to absorb enough vitamin D. Vitamin works with Calcium to keep our bones healthy! Moving around your gardening can help you keep those bones and muscles strong, too.

GARDENING IS GOOD FOR STATE OF MIND

People who get enough sunlight tend to be happier and have lower chances of getting depressed. When you are in your garden, you are immersed in life. You breathe air emitted by these plants and everywhere you look, there is life! It is as if you breathe in harmony with your plants. Remember the joy of seeing a plant grow from a tiny seed, a flower that comes into full bloom; such pictures bring so much happiness to someone who’s been in the office all day. Gardening can be a positive way of getting rid of stress from the workplace.

GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOUR SPIRITUALITY

As the gardener nurtures his garden, his garden nurtures his spirituality. E.G. White calls the flowers “messengers of God,” and rightly so. Plants don’t labor to produce perfectly beautiful blooms; they just blossom. It is as if someone greater than the gardener is taking care of them. Flowers are beautiful reminders of God’s love for His children.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!” (Luke 12:27-28)

Indubitably, being with plants in your garden can bring good health to both your body and your mind.

“What an influence an outdoor life among the flowers and fruit-laden trees has upon those who are sick both in body and in mind! After they stay for a short time at a sanitarium situated in the midst of the beauties of nature, hope begins to take the place of despair. The heart is softened by the objects of beauty in nature, that the great Master Artist has given to mankind as pictures in which are portrayed His goodness and love. . . .” (E.G. White, Medical Ministry)

START GARDENING NOW!

You don’t need to look for wide open spaces to start gardening. A tiny backyard can get you started. Other people even make tiny indoor gardens in their apartments. You don’t need all day to go gardening either. A few minutes each day can bring tremendous changes to your life.

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A pot of rosemary my husband’s uncle gave us last Christmas. His entire home is garden! Hubby and I love to visit his house simply because he has lots of potted plants to give away! Of course, he is a sweet uncle, too. He doesn’t send you away empty handed. He also taught us how to trim the plant properly and replant the trimmings.

I have a day job, but I see to it that I spend a few minutes in the garden before heading to the office, and a few more before going to bed. Last night, for instance, it didn’t take more than 10 minutes to plant two pots of rosemary and water my newly planted herbs. I even had time to help my 10-year-old with his homework. My four-year-old son loves helping me around whenever he sees me in the garden and he even planted his own leafy greens in a pot.

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My four-year-old loves to eat pechay, and so he planted his own in a pot. He watches them grow everyday.

 

A pot of newly planted chives. My 10-year-old loves chives on his scrambled eggs.
A pot of newly planted chives. My 10-year-old loves chives on his scrambled eggs.

 

The newly planted herbs outside my bedroom window. I visit them twice each day and even talk to them.
The newly planted herbs outside my bedroom window. I visit them twice each day and even talk to them.

Start your own garden at home today, and see what a world of difference it can bring into your life.

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