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Gardening for your Soul

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

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

Why is gardening so good for you?

Bein outdoors, getting some fresh air and vitamin D are the obvious benefits, but there are loads more! An article in Psychology Today summarises ten more:

  1. Physical execise

  2. Healthy eating

  3. Connection to mother Earth

  4. Practising acceptance

  5. Growth mindset

  6. Letting go of perfectionism

  7. Connection with others

  8. Being present

  9. Enjoying greenery

  10. Reducing stress

I could honestly spend hours in my tiny little vegetable patch. I feel such a calm and grounded energy, my thoughts slow down and I am really present in the moment. This rarely happens to me, so I really love spending time in the dirt. In addition to this there is something very special about having the option to just duck out and grab something fresh, home grown and add it to the family dinner. In addition to this I sense a feeling of pride and joy when I see my vegetables thriving. In a place where there was nothing and only weeds, there is now actual food growing and I marvel at it every time I walk past. Gardening has certainly enriched my day-to-day life.

No excuses! I live in a rental at the moment and have absolutely no space for a garden - but somehow I made it work - just because I really wanted to. These photos were taken in our front yard.

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