Gardening may improve your wellness and relationship with nature

The approach of spring brings another opportunity to improve your life and the world around you.

The approach of spring brings another opportunity to improve your life and the world around you. Gardening gives you an opportunity to grow healthy food, connect with nature and even improve your overall mood. Start a garden this spring and grow more than vegetables.

Weed out harmful chemicals
According to BBC, organic gardening can provide you and your family with a bountiful harvest of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables without the use of chemicals. In addition, adopting an organic gardening method is more conducive to the wildlife around you.

Making a compost pile out of peelings, newspapers and other green waste can provide rich nutrients for your plants without the need for chemical fertilizers. You can also control insects and weeds naturally. Mail-order suppliers can provide you with other small insects that can wipe out pests that destroy your crops. Also, pick weeds whenever you see them.

Dig in and connect with the earth
Gardening is a great way to experience nature. Earth Share recommends including flowering plants and birdbaths in your garden blueprints to encourage wildlife to enjoy your oasis as well. In addition, you can find ways to inspire nature to work in your favor.  Encouraging the presence of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees can help spread seeds and help your garden grow.

A study published by the National Institutes of Health indicated that gardeners enjoy the vegetables grown in their own gardens more due to an emotional connection to the garden. The general enjoyment experienced while planting, providing caring and harvesting may encourage individuals to participate in more activities that connect them with nature and improve overall well-being. 

Cultivate happiness
Eartheasy noted that there are a number of benefits associated with gardening. Satisfaction from work, integration into nature and physical activity in the garden can stimulate a more positive mood. Gardening can serve as horticultural therapy and help with overall happiness.

According to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, heading out to the garden can help alleviate stress. Participants who spent 30 minutes each day outdoors working with plants and tending the space saw their cortisol levels drop. This indicated a decrease in anxiety and worry. 

Ilchi Lee, a proud advocate of a peaceful, sustainable world, encourages citizens of Mother Earth to improve the world around them. Organic gardening can help promote a healthier lifestyle, improve your relationship with nature and help decrease the use of harmful chemicals. What can you do this spring to help our world blossom?