We can't deny that there are some difficult times in our world at the moment, but this is a time where we think our gardens can help. Not only are they a wonderful space to get fresh, clean air, whilst social distancing, but they give an opportunity to focus on growing something beautiful or delicious and seeing some positivity in the world.
Working in our garden provides a moment of calm, in a world of chaos. It gives children and adults alike the opportunity to discover the magical miracle of how a seed or bulb can grow into something wonderful. It also forges a connection to the world around us, to nature and wildlife - helping to bring pleasure and peace.
How does gardening benefit you mentally ?
Spending time in a garden can have real physical and mental health benefits. If you’re gardening outside, you’ll also increase your vitamin D absorption simply by being outdoors for a longer period of time.
Gardening is a brilliant way to boost your mood. Spending time in nature can improve mental health and gardening has been used as therapy for depression for many years, a study in 2010 found that “every green environment improved self esteem and mood; the presence of water generated greater effects”.
Working in the garden, means living in that moment - from tough digging to simply sowing seeds, you are focused on that task and completing it - which gives your brain chance to forget about other potentially less positive thoughts.
Finally - it is the outcome. From sowing that seed or planting that bulb something amazing happens - a beautiful sunflower, a delicious carrot, pretty wildflowers or a crunchy lettuce leaf - this can all be created by one simple act of care. Knowing that you created that, whether you are a child or adult, can be truly wonderful for your mind and your soul.
What if I don't have a garden?
We are mainly experts in the garden and creating beautiful outdoor spaces, however we came across this amazing film that we had to share, to still get most of the benefits of gardening even if you don't have outdoor spaces in your home.