If you have a ‘green thumb’ (have a knack for gardening/plants/flowers), April 14th is a day that encourages and kicks off the gardening season. Gardeners, grab your shovels, seeds, and plants…your shears, pruning trowels, and rakes…it’s time to break ground! It’s National Gardening Day!
Now…we all know that Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate…but weather permitting, gardeners look forward to such a day when they begin their cultivating journey for the season.
Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, there are ornamental plants – often grown for their flowers, foilage, and appearance, and useful plants – such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use.
Some types of gardening include:
Great things about gardening
- Bonding with nature – Getting some sun not only provides Vitamin D, but connecting with nature can improve one’s feelings, behaviors, and attitudes towards nature.
- Gardening is known to help relieve stress, lighten moods, and help mental health.
- Helps build confidence – it’s very gratifying to take ownership and see the ‘fruits of your labor’, after planting, tending to, harvesting, sharing, and sometimes bragging about your own, home-grown food.
- Gardening brings people and families together and creates some special bonding time and social connections.
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