When I think about the benefits of gardening, I think back to when I was young. I recall an experience when a lady moved into a broken down house right down the street from mine. I remember feeling bad for her because her house looked sad and broken down. She was obviously broke and couldn’t afford anything more then what she had. Little did I know that this woman’s house would end up being the most beautiful house in town.
Every year the area outside her house would blossom, not only that but she had blossoms popping up ALL YEAR LONG! Gardening is what brought that little ladies house to life every single year. She was a gardening genius! Since I have been married and moved into my own little home I’ve thought a lot about that lady.
Most gardening enthusiasts out there will agree with me when I say that it is one of the greatest forms of artistic expression out there. Besides the fact that it is beautiful, it offers so many benefits to you and your home. Some of which include-
Through personal experience, I have found that it is extremely hard to be unhappy when you are surrounded by blossoms, greenery, and vegetables! Professors at the University of Texas can back me up when I say that it can cure depression.
After asking a wide range of 300 people how they would rate their happiness in life, they found that gardeners gave significantly higher scores than everyone else. With this information alone I would even dare to say that gardening can be as helpful as Prozac when it comes to depression.
Another benefit of planting is that it can be incredible for your health. We already know that happiness is a side effect, which is a major health plus.
Another plus is that you can experience optimal health while planting your own veggies and fruits. Homegrown veggies provide all of the nutrients and supplements that your body could ever want.
One of the genius benefits of gardening is that when it comes to planting, if you plant the right things you can ward off all kinds of predators to your home. Grass alone will keep all kinds of bugs away from your house. However, there are many other plants that will keep dangerous pests out of your home and yard!
Here is a short list of things that you can plant to keep certain bugs away-
- Basil- to get rid of flies and mosquitoes.
- Chamomile- to fight aphids.
- Marigold- to rid of tomato worms.
- Mint- white cabbage moths and aphids.
- Sage- for flea beetles and slugs.
- Tansy- flying insects, squash bugs, ants, and flies.
The list is endless and super easy to find if you do your research right. There are so many online websites that offer lists of plants that will ward off pesky insects from your home. That aspect alone offers a major benefit to me living out in the desert.
As you can see, gardening offers some major rewards and benefits to your life. Not only that but it is super easy to get started. Go online today and start researching your area and what plants will do well!