4. Mental & physical health benefits
There are scientific studies about the benefits of literally getting some dirt under your nails. How? Well, soil (at least healthy soil) is alive and contains incredible numbers of fungi, bacteria and mycorrhizae. One specifically, Mycobacterium vaccae is believed to trigger the release of serotonin in our brains. Why is this important? Well, serotonin makes us feel happy! In addition, the excitement, pride and pure joy of harvesting the literal fruits (and veggies) of your labour can give you a dopamine boost. From a physical perspective, spend an afternoon gardening and see how you feel the next day. Chances are you will be sore. Gardening can be quite a workout and can burn as much as 250-450 calories per hour depending on the activity you are performing.
But wait..there’s more! Seeing the change of seasons in the garden can help you to realize that everything is cyclical and change is natural. Having plants you tended to die, teaches us that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do and certain things are out of your control. Creating that connection to nature can calm a person and finally, there is the community. Finding people that have like interests whether it be in person or even virtually can help to build a support network around you.
Luckily, you can still get some of these health benefits with your Rise Garden!
After a long day at work, I truly look forward to stepping out into my garden or tending to my hydroponic gardens. It’s a shift of pace, an escape from the hustle and bustle of "The Day Job." I find that I feel grounded by the gardening tasks that I perform. Tending to all of the plants, pruning, watering, pest control, and weeding is all just so calming. Gardening is MY thing, it’s my time to step away from all the other demands on my time and focus on my plants (and myself) for a few minutes (or hours). I can truly get lost in my gardening, feeling completely at peace.
6. Sense of responsibility
As relaxing as gardening can be, it also helps evoke a sense of responsibility. Plants aren’t going to weed, prune and fertilize themselves! A quick glance out the window at my backyard reminds me of my duty to my plants. This is even more true when it comes to growing hydroponically. While my outdoor garden will continue to grow (maybe not as well) without my tending, as long as there is rain. The same is not true of my indoor gardens. Without care, the water will eventually run dry and without nutrients they won’t thrive. So the responsibility to them is even greater, and so it the feeling of pride (see we’ve gone full circle now) when harvest time comes.
So there you have it, my list of the 6 ways gardening leads to personal growth. I am sure there are loads more, so if you have any others please leave them in the comments below!