Five Important Reasons Why You Should Be a Gardener

April 1, 2017

 

With names like Comet, Fireball and Kabloom; you’re probably asking how these terms could inspire us to be gardeners. The truth is simple; they are playful colour names! Whether you are planting annuals to fill in a particular yard space for colour or planting perennials to admire year after year, gardening begins at Aspen Crossing!

 

You’ll love the varieties of plants and garden décor to choose from. And, if you’re not sure what goes best together, just ask us. We’ll help you to get the right plants for your desired garden space. 

 

The Nature of Man and Dirt
It’s no secret that gardening has been able to sooth us when we’ve been upset and pulling weeds or planting flowers in an otherwise empty dirt space. Gardening truly soothes the savage beast in all of us. But it can and does so much more for us. 

 

Who knew that certain strains of bacteria were good for us; “a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.” 

 

A Little Dirt is Good For You
It seems that we’ve been a little over cautious in creating a sanitized germ free world for ourselves. Your grandmother was right when she told your mom, it’s ok for kids to make mud pies and eat a little dirt!

 

Studies have shown and proven that gardening therapy goes a long way with Dementia patients and Stroke patients that have lost some of their mobility. 

 

“According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, gardening can benefit people who are recovering from physical illness by retraining their muscles and improving coordination and strength. At the Oregon Burn Center in Portland, for instance, patients recover their balance and stamina by learning to navigate sloping paths through a sensory potpourri of plants in a shaded safe garden. In addition, simply spending time in nature reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and relieves muscle tension, according to Clare Cooper Marcus, professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and one of the founders of environmental psychology.”

 

Communing with Nature – The Perfect Exercise
Aside from the mental and intellectual benefits of gardening, it’s also great exercise without ever having to drive to the gym. It won’t take much time in the garden to discover muscles you didn’t know you had. The stretching and physical workout that you get is not only satisfying and rewarding for the results in your garden, but you’ll find you are much happier and healthier for your efforts along with those well toned muscles!

 

Organic Canning Season
Gardening also provides you with the opportunity to eat healthier! There is nothing like going out to the garden with your family and deciding what food items to harvest for your meal preparations.  There’s nothing like the sheer proud joy of pulling out those food items you spent time canning and freezing to enjoy long after the garden is covered with snow awaiting the next season. Homemade preserves also make the perfect gift to give family and friends. 

 

The Right Curb Appeal
What’s the first thing we notice when we drive up to someone’s home? You guessed it. Curb appeal! Real estate brokers will always tell you, that if you are selling your home during the peak selling periods of Spring to Fall, curb appeal goes a long way to ensuring that your prospective buyers will not only keep their appointments by coming inside, but will get eager and excited to see the inside of your home if the outside is welcoming.  Let’s face it, if the outside isn’t appealing, not very many of us are willing to take a chance on how well the inside presents itself.

 

With so many benefits to toiling in the soil, you’ll be itching to dig in to the dirt whether its ground work or potting. 

 

 So come on down and visit us at Aspen Crossing and spend some therapeutic time with us here in our garden centre. You’ll find just what you need to create your Zen like garden space!

 

 

 

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