Have you ever tested out your green thumb? They say that not everyone is born with this special thumb.
Of course, I’m not meaning to say this literally. I’m not implying that some people are born with an extra green thumb. It’s more of a metaphor. They say that people born with a green thumb are gifted with an ability to grow plant life.
It’s as if they don’t really need to put in much effort. Plants are drawn to them naturally and whatever seed they sow, grows. Wonderful as it may sound, only a few people have this kind of gift. As I said, it’s something you’re born with.
Well, it’s true that those who have a green thumb has an advantage when it comes to growing plants but that doesn’t disqualify the rest of us from growing our own beautiful gardens. Mother Nature is pretty graceful when it comes to those who wish to experience her abundance.
Just because you don’t have the aptitude for growing plants doesn’t mean you can earn it. If you want it enough, I know that the whole universe will conspire with you to get it. P.S. I just quoted Paulo Coehlo.
Anyway, it is not impossible to grow your very own garden. If you grow your gardening skills enough, you should be able to grow lovely flowers, trees, and other greeneries to beautify your lawn or backyard.
In fact, I really suggest starting a flower or vegetable patch in your own home. Aside from aesthetic reasons, it will do wonders for your health as well.
As you may already know (we were taught this since first grade, after all), plants are an abundant (if not the only) source of this planet’s oxygen. And oxygen is something all humans need to live. It’s at the very top of the list even. What do I mean by this?
Well, without food, you can last three weeks at most. This has been proven by Mahatma Gandhi himself (read more). Without water, you would at least last three days. But without air or oxygen specifically, you wouldn’t last five minutes! I’m serious.
If you don’t believe me, try holding your breath and time how long you can survive without breathing. Even for people who train themselves to take longer breaths, five minutes is already quite the challenge.
The 2012 record holder Tom Sietas managed to stay underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds though. But you could only imagine how much training he had to go through before he could pull this off!
Point is that you can never last too long without air. And yet, we keep taking it for granted. We cut down trees like it’s nothing. Free up land to make commercial areas killing all plant life within the area during the process.
Industrializing and urbanizing rural areas in the name of “progress.” What we’re doing now will backfire eventually – and no amount of technology can ever reverse it.
Starting your own home garden may not be a wide scale solution but it will make a difference. Surrounding yourself with plant life will significantly improve your home’s atmosphere as well, giving you access to cleaner and clearer air.
It’s time we change the saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” to “A tree a year will help you breathe clear.” Not my best rhyme but I’m sure you get the point. Anyway, if you want to learn how a home garden can improve your health, read on below.
Here are other ways in which starting a home garden can help improve your health:
The air pollution in our world has reached extremely alarming levels – and that is no secret. It would be no exaggeration to say that wherever we go, there is no such thing as clean air.
But then again, clean air is something we all need to live. You may not eliminate air pollutants completely by starting your own home garden but you will definitely improve the air you breathe at home.
Plants, as mentioned earlier, give us the oxygen we need to function. More clean air means more healthy oxygen. I’m pretty sure that’s something you would want for the whole family.
A little old school but I like this idea very much. A home garden doesn’t just mean you should plant flowers, trees, shrubbery, and bonsai or something.
Aside from planting for aesthetic reasons, you may also want to consider planting edible greens. Carrots, potatoes, squash, eggplants, and lettuce are some vegetables you can grow in your own garden. You just a little bit of training, that’s all.
When you plant your own food, you can be sure about its source. You know how you grew them, you know what kind of chemicals you use (If any but I suggest going organic), and all that. It’s definitely a huge healthy perk. Not to mention, you get to save a ton from buying greens in supermarkets too.
Popular opinion would tell you that gardening is for old people. I say, have you ever tried to garden? Like, it’s seriously a load of work! You can be the fittest person in the world and still feel some pain after crouching, lifting, and sowing the entire day.
The pounds you’ll lose will definitely hold some significance on your diet. It’s way more fun than hitting the gym too.
Lastly, if you garden in the morning, you’ll also get a lot of morning sun. Morning sunlight is rich in Vitamin D, something we all need to keep our bodies in tip-top shape, and you also help your lungs inhale and exhale all the morning goodness.
Plus, you get enough exercise to skip your morning jogs! It’s a real win-win situation, if I must say!
Does gardening sound a lot better now?
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.
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