Home Life mental and physical benefits of a good home garden

mental and physical benefits of a good home garden

by Mary Sewell

Growing plants is on-trend, and whether it’s indoor plants, veggies, herbs and fruits, cut flowers, perennials, or native plants, all the hip kids are doing it. Us seasoned gardeners have long known the benefits, and it’s lovely to see how the planets have converged to ignite interest in green, greenery, and greening among a new crop of gardeners. If you are yet to dip your toe into the water, or rather, stick your thumb in the dirt, here are some excellent reasons for you to have a grow – from purely aesthetic and practical reasons to significant environmental, financial, and personal benefits.

GARDENING’S AESTHETIC APPEAL

Gardens and plants look good. They provide color, seasonal interest, and natural beauty, which improve our quality of life by enhancing our visual environment.

PRACTICAL PLANT LIFE REWARDS

You can grow produce that feeds you.

COVID has made all of us aware of food security, and when you grow at least some of your own fruits, veggies, and herbs, you know you will always have something to eat from the garden. Productive backyards also mean that food miles can become food meters, which is far more sustainable.

Gardens and plants can deliver practical benefits around your garden, from diminishing traffic noise to screening unwanted views, providing privacy, and reducing glare. Gardens can reduce the speed, strength, and severity of winds, creating sheltered microclimates, ultimately making for more liveable outdoor spaces.

GARDENING’S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Plants and greenery mitigate the urban heat island effect, which is concerning governments around the world. Many of our cities are vulnerable to heat in Australia’s challenging and changing climate, with heatwaves being our deadliest major weather event. Scaling it down to individual properties, a thoughtfully planted garden can help to cool the front and backyards and make them more liveable and usable.

A well-treed neighborhood can negate the heat island effect caused by hard surfaces, known to increase temperatures by three to seven degrees. This will also reduce energy bills for households by 15 to 35 percent.

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