Learn and cultivate the value of Patience over time
In today’s world we are more and more used to having everything at once, we are not very capable of waiting.
We go to great lengths to skip the intermediate steps.
In gardening you learn the beauty of observing plants grow: the joy of sowing your own flowers and seeing them develop from 0, the thrill of discovering how over many years that little tree we planted in the garden has become a real tree adult: not as I imagined it would become, but even better!
In this regard, if you are interested in learning something about the Slow Living current of thought – the value of slowing down the pace in our life – I absolutely recommend this article!
For non-sports lovers it is an excellent pastime that allows you to do a bit of motion: if you think about the effort that is to hoe … other than morning run!
All kidding aside, I find it a good way to stay active.
A few days of odd jobs were enough for me to see my headache significantly diminish, probably due to the total sedentary lifestyle of the past winter.
Be more serene
Gardening is a great way to get rid of stress: it makes us feel more serene and in balance.
I just mentioned it in point 1.
Seeing your garden take shape is one of the most satisfying things there is.
Nature is phenomenal and collaborating with her has total Wonder as the only possible outcome.
An amazement that makes us feel proud to have been part of it all.
Total freedom of expression
The garden tells our story and our personality: it is a wonderful way to express who we are.
I love to see other people’s gardens, I find that they are a perfect mirror of their way of being, seen in myriad facets: without fear of the inconsistencies that distinguish everyone but that we often hide for fear of judgment.
Live to the rhythm of Nature
Each season has its peculiarities and its things to do.
There is a time to prepare the ground, one for sowing, one for rebirth and harvest, and finally one for rest.
Each phase has a specific purpose and gardening teaches you how important this is for our green friends, as well as for us.
This is why I love little when plants are forced to bloom in unnatural periods, it seems to me almost a desire at all costs for Nature to bow to our whims.
I find that waiting for our favorite flowers to bloom is indeed an enrichment that makes them even more beautiful and special.
How would you experience Christmas if it were Christmas every day?
If you are a supporter of organic fruit and vegetables you can grow them directly in your garden.
Your flowers for your Floral Arrangements
If you love flowers and want to start creating your own floral arrangements, there is nothing more beautiful than being able to draw directly from the green space of your home: you will be inspired every day by the shapes of the flowers, the colors and the scents they give you.
Botanical knowledge through experience
Sowing plants and flowers, as well as being enormously satisfying, helps you understand what their evolutionary stages are, always acquiring new interesting and useful botanical knowledge.
Greater mental balance
Gardening allows us to alternate mental activities, predominant in the modern world, with physical activities that help clear the mind.
Increase productivity and creativity in work and study
This benefit is perfectly linked to the previous one: a freer mind is a more efficient and creative mind.
Contact with the earth
First rule of gardening: don’t be picky.
We have lost some contact with the earth which is often considered “dirty” and full of terrifying and dangerous animals.
Yet in ancient times the earth was greatly venerated, a symbol of fertility linked to numerous primary divinities, mother of all living creatures.
I find that reconnecting this primordial bond is as fundamental for the body as it is for the spirit.
Get to know some small animals better
Well yes, as we said a little while ago, nowadays insects and spiders are often seen in a very negative way.
When we find them at home we try to get rid of them as quickly as possible: they make us sick and scary, we just don’t want to see them!
Working with our hands in the earth and in close contact with nature, we learn to recognize the most common of them and to understand how much they actually tend to be harmless, beneficial, and in some cases even cute.
Bees and bumblebees – my great passion – do not sting us at all: if you see one, keep calm: unless for a very rare case you step on them barefoot, they will easily do their business, as well as pollinate your wonderful ones. flowers.
Earthworms, rather ugly to look at, are very beneficial for the earth, they are happy under it and make it fertile for your plants.
Spiders are predators of small insects including some very annoying species! In reality they can hardly harm us and normally they tend to run away rather than attack us.
Just be careful with the few really poisonous species, which in any case have no interest in wasting their poison on us, not being able to eat us.
These fears are often irrational and given the distance we have put between us and these little animals. We are all affected a bit, some more, some less, but certainly gardening, by reducing the distance, helps to resize them over time.
It seems trivial and yet, as I told you in this article on plants that purify the air, we spend 90% of our time indoors and in some cases even more.
Gardening inevitably pushes us to spend more time outside, with all the immense benefits that come with it.
Observe and understand how Nature lives
Being in contact with Nature every day is a great inspiration in every area of life, but it is also a stimulus to curiosity and promotes greater awareness of the environment that surrounds us.
We learn a lot about the habits of animals and plants, as well as unconsciously learn, through experience, how to communicate with them.
We also observe natural phenomena with more interest and more closely.
Eating in the garden
Taking care of the garden makes us want to eat outside, next to our green friends.
There is nothing more beautiful and joyful than setting the table outside and enjoying lunch or dinner immersed in the fantastic natural atmosphere that surrounds us.
Surround yourself with good scents
Gardening often has the beneficial consequence of enriching the garden with fragrant flowers.
The various fragrances are not limited to the outdoor space but also invade the house as soon as you open the windows.
A good mood is guaranteed from the very first morning!
Benefit 100% of the 5 senses
Gardening is a wonderful sensory experience.
It is an experience that combines touch, images, scents, flavors and sounds in a wonderful moment of life.
Remove self-centeredness and develop love and empathy
Taking care of plants teaches us to broaden horizons and understand how important and beautiful it is to take care of and be really close to loved ones. Whether it’s giving a little extra attention, doing something for them, or just listening to them.
Create important and positive bonds
The common conception is that Plants are things, devoid of the characteristics of living beings.
It seems almost absurd to even think of having a plant as a friend.
It is not so.
Beautiful, lasting and important bonds can be created with plants.
But above all positive!
Nature does not know the feeling of negativity that often invades us men and consequently cannot have negative influences on us.
It is one of those rare friendships that I would positively define as “energetic”!
Love is a very broad feeling.
For a garden enthusiast, entering your garden is an immersion in this bubble of healing and beneficial emotions generated by the mutual love between its inhabitants.
Communicating with gestures
Gardening teaches that communication goes beyond words: gestures are often much more meaningful: the most direct expression of feeling.
Bees to the rescue!
Bees and other pollinating insects feed on pollen and nectar.
The more flowers you grow, the more you help these species to multiply, and we all know how essential their presence is on an environmental level.