June 16th

Have you developed a new-found interest in gardening during the coronavirus pandemic? Or maybe you’ve always been a gardener, but now you’re doubling down on your efforts.

Whether you are planting a plot in your own backyard, creating a container garden on your patio, or helping cultivate a community garden in your neighborhood, there is scientific research to prove gardening is good for us.

Here are just a few reasons why.

Digging in the dirt is good for our mental and physical health. Gardening lowers cortisol levels, reducing stress. Exposure to microbiomes in soil can help protect kids from diseases like asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. The repetitive nature of gardening improves hand-eye coordination. Also, gardening is one of the activities that may prevent brain shrinkage in older adults.

Taking care of a garden is a good family bonding activity that gets everyone into the fresh air and away from screens. Furthermore, children eat more fruits and veggies if they are homegrown, according to a study from Saint Louis University.

Especially in these uncertain times, growing a garden gives you and your family a sense of control and accomplishment. It also offers a confidence-boost when your dinner table features food you and your family grew yourselves.

To learn more about the benefits of the green space in your own backyard and community, go to TurfMutt.com.