5 reasons why gardening is essential for your mental and physical health during the new lockdown:Ali Barwani
The five reasons
1) good for your heart and lungs.
Digging, weeding, pruning, leaf gathering and other winter jobs done in the fresh air helps strengthen your heart and lungs, and burns the calories. With the gyms closed it is the natural way to get that cardio workout you’ve been missing.
2) stress busting.
Working in the garden helps us concentrate on completing short tasks with fixed goals. What better way to escape the news of the pandemic than to think about things living & growing in the garden?
3) hands-on activity.
Pulling up weeds, digging with a trowel, planting with your hands – all helps increasing the strength in our hands and improves manual dexterity.
4) being in the garden is good for your mental health.
Coping with the new lockdown is tough on all of us. There is scientific evidence that looking at a green space, or even at a houseplant, has positive effects on people’s mental well-being.
5) better sleeping patterns
In 2015 researchers at the University of Pennsylvania showed that people who did gardening had better sleeping patterns compared to those that didn’t do any physical activity.
5 vegetable seeds you can plant now:
- fresh salad leaves. Easy to do if you have a bright windowsill. Mustard, mizuna, and spinach are great choices.
- broad beans can be sown directly into the ground, or in pots.
- first early peas. Varieties like ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ and ‘Meteor’ can be sown now to overwinter and give you an early crop in spring.
- herbs such as dill and chives can be sown in pots on the windowsill.
- spring onion ‘Performer’ and other hardier varieties can be sown now under cloches.
By Ali Barwani, Capital Gardens