Why gardening makes you happy
Gardening is a great way to blow off steam. Even when we experience winter-like weather there's still plenty of gardening tasks to be done to put that spring back into your step. Many doctors now prescribe gardening as therapy for some patients who suffer with depression. So, what is it about gardening that makes us so happy?
'I think it gives you a connection to nature that we sometimes don't get in big cities.'
As many of us live in urban areas and spend the majority of our days in an office, we rarely have the opportunity to relish the great outdoors. Having your own garden and enjoying looking after it can keep you feeling connected with the world around you. Finally, a chance to move away from the stressful city vibe and just embrace nature. Urban Gardener, Hunt Ethridge, shared his thoughts on why gardening makes you happy; 'I love gardening and everything about being outside! A good, honest, dirty sweat and ache does a body good. Spent 6 hours yesterday hauling 30 bags of fill, weeds and leaves out of my back yard. I'm hurting but it feels good. I also love to watch something grow from nothing to something. It is cool and gives you a connection to nature that we sometimes don't get in big cities.'
'Gardening acts as therapy when I'm upset or just need to chill out from a stressful day.'
Gardening works wonders for your physical health and it also helps to improve your mental well-being. When you garden you make things grow, you create food and you transform spaces. The satisfaction from accomplishing those things can cheer you up even when you feel dissatisfied with what feels like everything else in your life. Heidi Medina, writer, discusses her personal reasons for enjoying gardening; 'I love to garden because it helps keep me grounded. There's something about digging in the dirt and growing living plants that helps to settle my soul and helps me feel alive inside. Gardening acts like therapy when I'm upset or just need to chill out from a stressful day.'
'As a child it was the only time I had with my Grandpa all to myself and boy did I love being out in the sun.'
For many people, a garden is associated with happy family memories. Playing out in the garden on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Enjoying your first game of football. Winning at an intense game of tig. Leslie Elia, health coach, discusses growing up gardening with her Granpa: 'Ever since my grandfather handed me some corn seeds and showed me how to space them in the ground I was hooked. As a child it was the only time I had my Grandpa all to myself and boy did I love being out in the sun. As I grew up and he passed away, a garden became a way to honor his memory and all that he taught me about God's green earth.'
'No fruit or vegetables ever taste better than those you've grown with your own hands.'
Preparing a beautiful meal with your own homegrown vegetables gives you an amazing sense of achievement. It tastes better, it's good for you and most of all it gives you an inspiring sense of accomplishment. Thomas O'Rourke from Deckinghero.com shared his opinion with us; 'No fruit or vegetables ever taste better than those you've grown with your own hands. Whether it's mint leaves, tomatoes or a simple jalapeno pepper, you can't beat handgrown veggies! I t's fresh straight out of the ground and nutritious.'
Don't stop enjoying gardening during autumn and winter.
During spring and summer being out in the garden becomes second nature. But once the darker nights arrive and the rain falls heavy, many people stop enjoying gardening and hibernate indoors. A potting shed could be a fantastic solution to enjoying your garden all year round, so make sure to check out Tiger Sheds range of potting sheds and storage sheds. Additionally, there are several tasks to be done once autumn and winter arrive, so check out the websites below for some advice and tips: Top 10 Autumn tips to prepare your garden for Winter Gardens: what to plant in autumn How to keep your vegetable gardening thriving in winter Tell us why gardening personally makes you happy!