The time has come for National Gardening Week, the UK’s ” biggest celebration of gardening,” as per the Royal Horticultural Society. If you look at the numerous, many, many images shared through social networks, it isn’t easy to find a reason not to agree.
There’s plenty of merit in the celebration of gardening in the real sense.
In the garden, spending time is beneficial for your body and mind.
All the best for you.
Since over half the population of Earth lives in urban areas, gardening is a great way to keep us in regular contact with nature.
Gardening offers a fantastic possibility to get active, and a lack of it can lead to all kinds of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It’s also beneficial to your mental well-being, Carly Wood explained. Gardeners typically have higher levels of happiness in their lives, higher self-esteem, and have less feelings of fatigue and depression than people who do not garden.
Gardens can be beneficial to society, too – and could be helpful to help with the UK’s housing issues.
Green is great. Mrlerone/Flickr, CC BY
Garden cities, which emerged from the 19th-century movement to make greener areas to live and work and are surrounded by lush green terrain, could be an ideal option to provide more homes. They could also create more quaint towns where people can reside and work instead of sprawling housing estates that commute to work and back.
In the words of Susan Parham, “People really love gardens” in her cities. It’s no surprise to find that government officials have set up greater than PS300m to construct the garden city in Ebbsfleet, Kent.
Perhaps they even led to the beginning of a revolution.
Every patch of land is small or boring. Michael Hardman, CC BY
Guerrilla gardeners across Africa, Europe, and the Americas are illegally taking over neglected areas of ground in urban areas and are cultivating garden plots without legal permission.
For the past four months, Michael Hardman has been involved in the gardening guerrilla movement. He has documented the ways that business people, students, chefs, architects, community workers, and others are coming together to beautify a space or use it for the benefit of urban agriculture.
Therefore, there really is no reason not to get involved in some gardening.
Who really needs soil? Jon Kalish/Flickr, CC BY
Even if you’re in the city, Rebecca Whittle has detailed five methods by which you can cultivate your fresh vegetables with a stunning window farm.
But you’d need to be aware also.
Gardening for life and death. Phil Sellens, CC BY
Since some plants can be poisonous, don’t be afraid. Here are five that Carly Stevens listed.
Could you do it? And have fun gardening. Also, tweet us your photos at @ConversationUK if you want to.