A stress buster
As a matter of fact, it may be an even more effective stress buster than other leisure activities. A study in the Netherlands concluded that gardening reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol more than reading a book does.
A study that followed people in their 60s and 70s for up to 16 years found that those who gardened regularly had a 36 percent lower risk of dementia than non-gardeners, even when a range of other health factors were taken into account.
Gardeners have better nutrition
Several studies have shown that gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than non gardeners and tend to have a better diet because they eat their own produce.
Strengthens your immune system
Soil comes with plenty of germs and bacteria. Exposure to these microorganisms, especially for young children, could help increase immunity against diseases later on in life. Dirt also contains a natural antidepressant microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae. According to research, this particular antidepressant microbe causes cytokine levels to increase, which in turns boosts the production of serotonin.
Reduces your grocery bill
Do you cringe at paying $4 for a bunch of coriander at the supermarket? Growing your own produce is far more affordable than buying it in stores, plus it is far tastier. But if the thought of growing vegetables is overwhelming, start off with herbs- they are low maintenance and easy to produce.
Gets the blood pumping
Gardening can actually be a workout if you let it. There are lots of different movements in gardening such as digging, planting, weeding, and other repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching.
Top five easiest vegetables to grow for beginners
Whether you’re a gardening novice or just want to start a vegetable garden with the least amount of time and effort, here are the top five almost foolproof vegetables to grow.
Lettuce and salad greens like rocket and kale grow quickly and take up little space as they can be packed together. It’s possible to get two to three lettuce crops per year, depending on your climate and the variety of lettuce you grow. If you grow different varieties and stagger the plantings, your garden can produce a constant supply of fresh greens throughout the growing season.
A great accompaniment to any meal, herbs have to be the most simple edible plant to grow. Hearty and low maintenance, it is best to grow herbs in pots because some varieties like mint and rosemary can get out of control if planted directly into a garden bed. Basil, oregano, parsley, coriander and sage are the most common herbs that can be easily introduced into dishes.
Whole carrots are pretty easy to grow in the ground as well. The only thing about carrots is they might not grow very large, especially if you have rocky soil. Deep soil, well-drained soil is preferable—a raised bed is a good idea. Nevertheless, they’re simple and fun to grow (your kids might even want to help). They tolerate light shade too, although, like most plants prefer full sun.
Tomatoes are super easy to grow in pots or straight into the ground.When growing tomatoes, keep in mind they grow quickly to quite a large size (depending on the variety) and need to be staked or grown with a tomato cage around each plant. If you plant basil next to the tomato plants, you’ll naturally repel pests and improve the flavour of the tomatoes.
Zucchini are easy to plant, easy to care for and easy to harvest. Most zucchini plants are abundant producers and it’s not uncommon to get a dozen or more zucchini from each plant. Zucchini plants tolerate hot weather will and can be grown in both sandy and dense, clay-like soil, and everything in between.