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The benefits of gardening

Gardening Benefits

National Gardening Week is the UK’s annual celebration of gardening, raising awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. Take a look at some top tips on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General says “We want to help everyone enjoy gardening and the benefits of plants while in lockdown, which is why we’ve launched ‘Grow at Home’ to help even more people develop their gardening knowledge and skills”.

Eat healthier

Growing your own vegetables gives you a sense of pride, knowing that the meal you’re cooking includes some homegrown produce. You’ll want to try the foods you grow and it’ll also encourage you to eat more vegetables and be healthier. For example, beetroot is packed with nutrients and fibre and rhubarb contains high levels of calcium.

Mental health

Surrounding yourself with nature is also good for your mental health as it is a great stress reliever. Gardening can also be therapeutic as it allows us to focus on a physical task and escape from any stress in our daily lives.

British gardening expert, Alan Titchmarsh says, “It's proven that plants and gardening have a positive effect on our mental health and happiness. They uplift us, they heal us, and they bring us closer to nature”.

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Great exercise

Gardening allows you to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity from weeding to harvesting. You can even enjoy some fresh air and sunshine but don’t forget to apply sun cream beforehand, especially during the summer. Get the kids involved too, it’ll encourage them to eat their greens at dinner time, knowing they’ve helped out.

You might be delighted to learn that the number of calories burnt from 30 minutes of gardening is comparable to playing badminton, volleyball or practising yoga.

Fresh food

Have you ever wondered how long vegetables have been sat on a supermarket shelf, in the back of a lorry or in a warehouse? With your own vegetable garden, you can enjoy fresh foods being picked straight from your patch to cooking within no time at all. It can’t get any fresher than that.

Reduce food waste

Pick your vegetables when you need them. Instead of buying produce a few days or a week in advance, you can choose to harvest what you want when you need it, meaning your food won’t go to waste. You’ll also be less likely to throw food away when you’ve spent time and effort watching it grow over the course of a month or so.

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