Brighter days are right around the corner!

It’s that time of year. Spring is here, and we are just as excited as you are to start planting and preparing our veggie gardens and flower beds. Especially in these uncertain times, with rumors of pandemic, fear in the air, social separation and quarantines, uncertainty on what advice to follow, or which media reports to believe, there is no better activity to undertake than that of cultivating life, health, and plants.  

Gardening can serve as a health benefit in the short term, as well as in the long term. With the world around us seemingly shut down for the time being, spending all our time indoors can be the source of much stress, anxiety, and depression. Even if you aren’t a pro-gardener, or historically don’t have the greenest of thumbs, instead of binging Netflix or sleeping all day long, get outside and play in the dirt with some plants.  

Working with nature has been shown to relieve stress, directly reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  

Gardening is also an easy way to burn calories, with an hour of gardening burning more calories than going for a walk. With many of our gyms closed, this is a great way to get in some physical activity, which also helps lower blood pressure in these elevated times.  

Gardening also serves as a great way to encourage a healthy diet, since introducing home-grown fruits and veggies will naturally lead to cleaner eating habits.  

Getting outside and spending some time in the sun is another great health benefit of gardening. Spending time in the sun helps promote the creation of vitamin D, which in turn helps your body absorb calcium, encouraging healthy and strong bones.  

Exposure to sunlight also increases the excretion of serotonin in the body, which is a chemical that helps reduce depression and regulate anxiety. Along with its many other positive affects in the body, people with normal serotonin levels are happier, calmer, more focused, and overall more stable emotionally. Exposure to sunlight, exercise, and a healthy diet are natural factors that contribute greatly to increased serotonin levels.  

So, do you want to be happier, feel healthier, and overall increase your quality of life? Take gardening as your first step, and let us help you along the way! Here are some ways you can start gardening TODAY: 

  • Get the jump on your summer garden by utilizing our curbside pick-up service: give us a call and we will assemble your very own customizable grow kit, with your choice of seeds, soil, trays, inserts, and more. This will enable you to get as many warm-season crops going as you wish, instead of having to wait on the weather.  
     
  • Don’t have a garden, but still want to be able to grow some of your favorites? We have a wide selection of container vegetables just for you! Snap peas, zucchini, lettuce, spinach, herbs, tomatoes of multiple varieties and more, all able to be grown from pots on your front porch. It’s the perfect solution for anyone without the ideal garden space.  
     
  • Start planning for your cold-weather crops! April is the month to get those onions, beets, potatoes, radishes and lettuce and more in the ground and growing. We have seeds galore, as well as Garden Planner Cards that outline the perfect timing for the planting and harvesting of all crops. It’s the perfect guide for gardeners of any skill level. 

Fantasizing about re-vamping your backyard flora, or simply adding a few new plants to brighten up your yard? Check out our online [plant finder] and discover all the plant possibilities for your yard this summer. This plant finder includes all plants, trees and shrubs that we expect to have in stock in the upcoming months, as well as information about those plants and their growing needs. For any landscaping dreams that might be a little out of your skill set, our [landscaping team] is standing by, ready to help you turn those dreams into a reality. 

Sources: 

Scaccia, Annamarya. (18 May 2017). Serotonin: What You Need to Know. Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/serotonin#serotonin-boosters 

Picard, Caroline & Hawkins, Amanda. (16 April 2019) 7 Benefits of Gardening That Prove It Helps Your Mind and Body. Retrieved from: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/a22109/health-benefits-gardening/