If you are looking for a great new activity to devote your free time to, there are many reasons why you should try gardening and one of them is the positive effect it can have on your mental health. Back in the time of the pharaohs, the court physicians would prescribe walks around the gardens to mentally disturbed royals, and since then there has been a huge amount of evidence amassed to back up the mental health benefits of gardening. You do not even need to have a fully-fledged garden. All it takes is a window box and one tomato plant to look after for you to take responsibility and pride in nurturing it.

Gardening combines physical benefits such as fresh air, exercise and exposure to sunlight (which helps our bodies make vitamin D), with various psychological benefits. These include the calming influence of nature and being distracted from your worries by a purposeful task. According to research, even just looking at nature can result in lower stress hormones and reduced blood pressure within five minutes. Gardening also boosts endorphins, which are the good-mood chemicals in the body. According to other studies, an hour of gardening reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke and is more efficient at increasing bone density than either aerobics or swimming.
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Gardening at home is not only enjoyable and relaxing, but it can also be inexpensive. It doesn’t take much spending to turn your garden into a glorious sight. Nor do you need to be a qualified expert to be a confident gardener, as home gardening can in fact be done in a few simple steps.

There are many hands-on ways of doing gardening that can keep you challenged and occupied for some time. You will need to have a good plan for your garden, for which you will need to learn about the different types of plants, perhaps in a local library or bookstore.  You will need to determine the type of soil, the amount of space and the amount of shade or sunlight that applies to particular parts of your garden so that you can achieve the best possible results. You will also need to learn about the different types of gardening tools, including spades, rakes and trowels.

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