Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Being a Gardener is good for your healthThe other day I had someone comment on how nice and muscular my arms are and they asked if I lift weights. I laughed and said, yes I lift heavy pots, shovel compost, dig holes...I'm a gardener. There is no doubt that gardening improves your physique, but now I have been reading how great it is for you mental health also. Gardeners are generally happier with life than non gardeners, it has been proven in scientific studies of elderly people that those that spend time in a garden have a greater satisfaction of life. Heck it is hard to not enjoy life when you're surrounded by flowers, vegetables and all the wildlife they attract. The use of Prozac goes up quite a bit for people over 65, so gardening could easily be a wonderful aid in getting rid of the blues.
Another surprising study by the University of Arkansas found the women who garden had a lower rate of Osteoporosis than women who were joggers, swimmers, and did aerobics. Let's face it you are bending and pulling weeds, digging holes, raking, and carry big bags of compost around...all beneficial weight bearing exercise.
Active gardeners get the required 150 hours a week of exercise that lowers the risk of Diabetes also, plus if you grow your own fresh produce you have even a greater management of Diabetes.
But here's the kicker, there is actually a field of medicine called horticultural therapy, it is mainly for those with Dementia or psychiatric disorders that cause sleep disorders. Researchers from the International Society for Horticultural Science found that gardening was a coping strategy for stressful life situations. The less we're all stressed out, the better we'll sleep.
So there you go, working in the garden is not only good for you physically but mentally. My father is 80 and still works in the garden daily and really is pretty healthy. My aunt is 93 and she still gets out in the garden daily and will trim a hedge or cut back some flowers. So I sure wouldn't doubt that gardening leads to longevity of life.
If you have a garden your are rich. The best fertilizer is the shadow of the gardener.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Finally RAIN!It is past noon and we've been getting some well welcomed rain all morning. One bad thing is I planted an Agave angustifolia in one of those huge pots from Home Depot and the gutter must be plugged up, so the whole pot is filling with gobs of water. It has lots of babies that were inside the pot, it was very root bound. That pot is huge so it has lots of room to grow now...just got to clean out that blockage in the gutter.
Phil worked on putting bubbler sprinkler hose along the front flower bed, this way we can get water right to those plants without the main sprinkler system spraying the house more than the plants. Of course we haven't been able to put it to the test since it is raining today, but hopefully those little drips of water do the trick...I'm skeptical about it.
I do hope I've raked the last of the leave out front, I swear I rake more dirt than leaves. The one day a week watering is finally back to two days, but we had a pretty windy and warm February and March and I'm afraid many lawns have suffered from the lack of water. Again this rain is a good thing!
I've transplanted some plants to new locations that I felt weren't doing as well as they could. I moved two soap aloes to the middle garden from the east tropical side so they will get more sun. I had to put the Moonshine snake plant into a larger clay pot, boy was that baby rootbound. I moved some pots around also.... those pots are sure heavy when full of dirt. I cleaned out more leaves again from the gardens, mostly the east side of porch. Phil also put some dripper and small sprayers in that garden.
Today I guess I better do some housework...thank goodness God give gardeners rainy days so we can get housework done. :)
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