With the new year ticking on the calendar, have you thought about your new life goals, health, beauty, money, etc.? your choice. Maybe you want all three. With the right plan and the right actions, you can have all three or more. If you know me, you probably guessed that I’m thinking about gardening.
In the past of the Covid-19 pandemic and its perpetual months-long past, many people have taken a long, hard time to reassess their lives and expectations. As the disease subsides and people return to more normal lifestyles, many people change jobs, get more education, stop working altogether, retire, start new hobbies, reconnect with others, and reconnect with others. I started gardening.
Amazingly, the Horticultural Society estimates that at least 16 million new American gardeners have emerged after the Covid virus scourge. I think gardening has been a new activity option for many. One way she can help increase this supply is by learning how to grow her own vegetables. Older people remember the government encouraging Victory Gardens during World War II. At the time, nearly 40% of fresh vegetables in the United States were home-grown.
However, growing vegetables and fruits is not the only thing that can be done at home. According to psychologists, most of us want to be in comfortable environments, and some of those environments can beautify the landscape of our homes, provide pleasing colors, or provide a pleasant shade in the summer. These elements can be added by planting shrubs, trees, flowers, or colorful plant containers around your home. Some may even be satisfied with planting plants that provide
I’ve often written that mowing the lawn, digging, moving wheelbarrow soil, and mulching are like exercise classes in the gym. All these activities result in lifting weights, bending, walking, stretching and burning calories. These actions often lead to improved physical condition and health.
Some gardeners turn gardening into a hobby to earn extra income. For example, someone who uses his knowledge of horticulture to take a part-time job at a local garden center, or becomes a small entrepreneur selling flowers, seeds, roots, and crops at a local farmer’s market or roadside stall. I know. And of course, most realtors agree that attractive landscaping increases the value of a property or home by 10-15%.
Doctors and psychologists also say that a balanced and healthy lifestyle requires a certain amount of social activity and enjoyable interaction with others. There are many gardening groups, clubs, and organizations, as well as ways to share gardening tips, knowledge, successes, and pitfalls online. These methods provide a simple method of personal social interaction. Nearly every county in our state has a Master Gardener Group that provides opportunities for these activities. I started a group like
As a gardener, you may want to create your own little area in your landscape for a private retreat. Gardening offers many possibilities that appeal to our need to relax and de-stress. A garden full of colorful flowers, fragrant herbs, textures and foliage soothes our senses and allows us to design our own little corner to provide a connection with your spiritual side. You can. Asian cultures have practiced this for thousands of years in Zen gardens and botanical enchanting, tranquil settings.
As I get older, I often sit and peruse many of the pictures of me gardening with my family, children and grandchildren.
So, regardless of your personal needs and reasons, gardening can be the solution to satisfying profits that are good targets for 2023 and beyond. Start planning your garden now.