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Edible Landscapes as a Mood Booster

Since COVID-19 has plagued the world, it seems reasonable that as shelter-in-place orders have lasted over eight weeks in some states, minimally the blues are effecting everyone and some are struggling with depression. Isolation from our friends, family, and social activities are hard and even debilitating for some, contributing to the blues and depression. It is not new news that exercise, meditation, and healthy eating are some commonly known actions that can help manage the blues and depression. Gardening has received lots of positive press over the years for being an activity somewhere between exercise and meditation that is sustainable and rewarding. Gardening was shown to provide a significant mood boost, according to an article in the Washinton Post entitled, Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds*. The study referred to in the article was published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

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The study went on to find that the mood boost was equivalent to walking, running, and biking. The benefits were found to specifically benefit people who grow their own fruits and vegetables, regardless of the garden size and whether the gardening was done solo or with members of your own household. The study authors also pointed out the most benefits seemed to accrue to women and low-income people*. Even people with small balcony gardens in apartments benefitted too, so you do not have to have a large suburban yard to benefit.

Ghost Cherry

Ghost Cherry

For the study, 370 adults in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area participated in the study*. The study found that while all types of gardening are good for your mental health, people who grow their own vegetables seem to be especially pleased with their efforts relative to those who grow only flowers or decorative plants*. The evidence keeps getting stronger and stronger that gardening is great for physical health, mental health, and nutritional health.
What are you waiting for?

Purple Beauty-Bell Pepper

Purple Beauty-Bell Pepper

There are so many reasons why you should prevent an edible landscape, but if need more motivation we at Yummy Tummy Farms are happy to provide as much motivation and support as you need.
Yummy Tummy Farms provides gardening consultations, edible landscape installations, and maintenance services.
See our website for details: or email us to schedule a consultation at or call us at 408-655-8500. We do video conferencing consultations as well.


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*  Source: Ingraham , C.(2020, May 15). Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds. Washington Post

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About Yummy Tummy Farms LLC

Yummy Tummy Farms LLC is a pioneering suburban farm, founded in 2011 by Donald Sturman, CEO, also known as Farmer Donald in San Jose, CA. Yummy Tummy Farms LLC seeks to align itself with its core values: promote suburban farming, increase self-sustainability, and reclaiming domesticity. Yummy Tummy Farms LLC has a vision of working within neighborhoods to increase awareness of eating more plant-based meals, educating children about where and how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and in so doing actively address the modern-day epidemic of obesity. Yummy Tummy Farms LLC sells vegetable plants, rare fruit, organic vegetables, jams, sauces, chutneys, pickles, veggie chips, baby food, and fresh, raw, organic wildflower honey, bath balms, body products, and we are currently testing several new products. Yummy Tummy Farms LLC is also an education center offering classes on many subjects related to farming & gardening such as Introduction To Organic Vegetable Gardening, Starting Heirloom and Organic Tomatoes from Seeds, Seasonal Gardening: Spring, Growing Food in Small Space, Families and Children’s Activities, Classes, and Workshops and Food Preservation: Jarring and Dehydrating as well as many cooking classes. Yummy Tummy Farms LLC also offers an active farm apprentice program in which you can volunteer to work on the farm to offset a portion of the class and/or workshop tuition.

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