Gardening is a great way to stay healthy in body and mind.
A OnePoll Survey commissioned by the RHS found that more than half of adults enjoy being surrounded by greenery and a further 53% said it boosts their mood.
Gardening can induce a sense of calm while enabling you to be creative. It also offers a functional fitness regime including stretching, weightlifting, and a moderate cardiovascular workout.
As consumers, we’re increasingly aware about where our food from. In terms of steps to reduce our carbon footprint, food miles is a great starting point. Being able to grow your own fruit and veg at home, in the garden or on an allotment close to where you live will mean that for some produce your food miles will be negligible. It will also reduce plastic packaging. Home-grown produce will be fresher than shop-bought. Growing your own will also help you eat a more varied diet of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.
Gardening is a great activity for all the family. Involving children from a young age by giving them simple tasks such as watering can help them learn to take responsibility. It’s also a way of helping children learn more about the food they eat, where it’s from and hopefully encourage them to try new things. You may even find they enjoy foods they previously refused to eat.