“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

— Alfred Austin

Gardening improves your mood – it’s proven. In a recent study in Europe, people who had been suffering from depression started spending time outside in their gardens, and over half reported a marked improvement in the way they felt.

There’s just something about it – being outside in the bright sunshine, hands pushing the dirt around your precious herbs and veggies, and in the most simple terms, watching plants grow and thrive.

Nurturing in nature – and reconnecting with the earth.

If you’re looking for a way to relax, feel more present, and tap into mindfulness, then start spending more time with your plants in your greenhouse or glasshouse.

Here are 6 reasons why.

Being in the garden makes us be ‘present’.

How can you worry about the piles of washing, all the things that are on your list, or what time the kids need to be picked up when you have your hands pushing through the dirt, and the sun is shining on your back.  The sights and smells of the plants will get your endorphins going – bringing out positive feelings and a sense of gratitude.

You can see the results of your work.

Seeing the work that you have put in resulting in growth, blooming and colour – what an achievement! Holding perfectly formed cherry tomatoes in your hands, running your hands over the leafy herbs that are thriving – this has got to make you feel great!  Because as humans, we all like to think that we are doing something positive for ourselves, our families, and the world at large!

Gardening is excellent exercise!

It’s not cross-country running, there’s no doubt. But moving through your greenhouse or glasshouse offers gentle and beneficial forms of exercise for all ages. Stretching across the raised garden beds, lifting the watering can up to the hanging pots, checking your seedling trays and being in the sun – it all adds up to increased health.

Your brain loves gardening.

Did you know that there is a lower level of dementia associated with those who garden regularly? Not that you need more incentive to be outside, but that’s a pretty good result from being outside looking after your veges and herbs. There’s a reason that the better aged care facilities promote gardening programs and tours for their residents – gardening brings out a younger sentiment.

Gardening takes away stress.

So it’s been a busy day at work, and things haven’t gone plan. Or maybe the dishwasher isn’t working and there is a pile of dirty dishes in the sink – which no-one else has offered to do. You’re feeling cranky, and the stress levels are starting to rise.  Guess what’s going to make you feel better? Gardening in your greenhouse or glasshouse. Watching those little plants start to take form and bear fruit.

Gardening helps family relationships.

A family who gardens together stays strong together. OK, we could have made that up, but we know from experience that when our own family is spending time together in the garden and greenhouses, we communicate better, we laugh more, and we relax as a family unit.

So if you want to feed more than just your body, and your soul is hungry for nurturing, get yourself into the greenhouse.

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