facebook pixel Why I Love Gardening
Site Search
< Blog Home < Healthy Living

Why I Love Gardening

When spring and summer hits, there’s no better time to get your hands dirty. Here’s why gardening may just become your favorite hobby.

Two people gardening, LG 

Let me be perfectly transparent: I am not a good gardener. I’ve killed dozens of houseplants, and I once managed to destroy an entire herb garden. I also can’t identify plants very well, and it took me years to learn how to protect tomato plants from slugs. But I love gardening, and I think that, even if you think you might be a worse gardener than I am (doubtful), you can gain some of the joy I have from being in a garden.

One of the reasons I love gardening is that I grew up watching my parents garden. In southern California, it’s easy to grow fruit trees, so I have memories of watching my parents lovingly tend to our lemon, tangerine, and plum, and peach trees. They worked on our garden as a team, and I think that nurturing the garden together also nurtured their marriage.

Actually, that’s not just conjecture; gardening has been proven to help with mental health, which is why it’s incorporated into many therapeutic hospitals and recovery centers. Nurturing living things helps build respect for the environment and for other people.

Related: Why I Love Swimming

Since our world is inundated by noise and business, gardening has become an especially rare and powerful escape. It’s a potent form of mindfulness, and works especially well for those who have trouble meditating because it forces the mind to be in the moment. There’s no way to garden and text at the same time; you must be present and connected to the earth.

Gardening has also trained me to see the world differently, to notice the veins on leaves and the moisture of dirt. It has helped me to see details I wouldn’t care about if I hadn’t been taught that paying attention is vital for the survival of a garden. A garden depends on you to flourish; a week away, and you might find your entire backyard has been destroyed by grasshoppers.

In lean times, my family has depended on our garden to supplement our food supply. Having a garden has been vital when there was an emergency that took the majority of a paycheck, and gardening organically means your family will benefit from fruits and vegetables that have more vitamins and nutrients. And, once your garden gets big enough, leftover produce can tide you over during the winter months. There’s nothing more refreshing than opening a can of peaches to eat in January.

Related: Why I Love Strength Training

Gardening is a pastime meant for the anyone. It’s healthy, beautiful, and rewarding. I love being in my garden and experiencing the silent scientific processes taking place all around me. Get started gardening by taking care of a plant—just one—and see how good it feels to keep something healthy and alive. You might find yourself planting a few fruit trees and falling just as in love with gardening as I have.

 

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

The Differences between Medicare and Medicaid

We’re explaining the main differences between Medicare and Medicaid—programs administered by the government that provide health care coverage.

Nutrition and Diet

Flourless Pumpkin Bread

This version of pumpkin bread only requires 6 ingredients—it’s made without flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

In the Community

Is Your Organization Keeping Utah Healthy? Apply for Our Award

Each year, we recognize 20 organizations that are making a healthy difference in Utah to help support their missions.

Business

What Playing Football Taught Me about Business

Here’s how my passion for playing football has helped me off the field.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Healthy Living

Are your Holiday Toys Toxic?

The word “toxic” is thrown around a lot these days. But what actually makes a substance or product toxic?

Healthy Living

Things to Consider When Running in the Heat

You’re not about to let a little hot weather stop your running routine, but you also don’t want to face unintended consequences. Here’s the lowdown on how to run safely in the heat.

Healthy Living

Is Social Media Hurting Your Self-Esteem?

For something that is used so often and by so many, can it really be that bad?

Healthy Living

Tips For Becoming Healthier As A Family

Board games, movie nights, vacations—lots of things are better as a family. And that includes getting and staying healthy.

Post Author

Jennifer Diffley
Jennifer Diffley is a SLC resident. She is a senior copywriter and has her MFA in creative writing from NYU. Jennifer is committed to health, but has an unhealthy fascination with outrageous shoes.