The Benefits of Gardening…Get Ready for Spring Planting!
By Melissa Bierman, BS, HTR, MHT
- Gardening is a life skill, an activity necessary for survival.
- Plant knowledge and traditional wisdom are passed from one generation to the next in the garden.
- The garden is a learning place that provides an opportunity to succeed, to work, and to be a productive part of the family, and the community.
- Planting and tending to a garden helps us learn patience.
- Planning ahead for the future is a large part of gardening.
- The plants in the garden depend on us for water, care, and sustenance. Gardening teaches responsibility.
- In gardening we learn to cooperate with others, but also the forces of nature, the climate, and even the plants.
- In gardening we learn to deal with success and disappointment.
- Gardening can boost self-esteem and confidence. We learn that we can succeed and grow beautiful flowers from seed.
- Gardening provides incentive to exercise both fine and gross motor skills.
- Grow stronger mentally and physically with gardening each day.
- The acts of weeding, cultivating, and pruning relieve feelings of tension, anger, aggression, and stress.
- Being with plants provides a sense of place in the universe, communion with nature, and a sense of peace and harmony.
- The sense of compassion and our instinct for nurturing are met through the care of something alive.
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