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.
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.
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?
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.
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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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