Gardening is one hobby that is incredibly constructive and benefits you and also creates a more beautiful community environment.
How is this relevant?
Right now, many people have been stuck in quarantine at home and by spending weeks and months in the same space, it is easy to get bored or feel like nothing is happening. However, taking up a hobby is a great solution to this problem. Find something that is constructive for you that you enjoy and can fill up your overwhelming amount of free time! Additionally, if you set goals for yourself in your hobby or find an activity, you can measure how your time has passed by stepping back and looking at what you’ve made, whether it be seeing flowers bloom in the garden you made, or hearing the birds chirp outside your window as they eat out of the bird feeder you just built!
Daffodil – Simplicity in Beauty
This photo helps show the beauty of the possibilities in what we can grow at home. Also, I find that most people think of flowers when they think of a home garden, so this reflects that idea. Additionally, I think that because it is just one flower in the center of the image, surrounded by leaves and stems, the picture reflects the beauty in simplicity. You don’t have to buy expensive luxury things in order to find something beautiful. Instead, it’s right outside and accessible to everyone.
Why specifically choose an environmental hobby?
By choosing to engage in an activity that helps the environment, such as gardening, one can cultivate a space of learning for themselves, a space for plants to grow and for animals to gather. Additionally, there are so many types of gardening that can adapt to where your interests lie. For example, you can grow your own vegetables, fruits, or herbs, creating a healthier, fresher, and cheaper diet! Or you could help make your community more beautiful with flowers and bushes that add color and brightness to your area. You also could create a garden that attracts certain animals or insects, such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, deer, rabbits, and more! Finally, gardens are versatile! Depending on the area and climate you live in you can adjust to the conditions. You could create an outdoor or interior garden, or a succulent garden or even a water garden!
Here is a link to a website with a list of different types of gardens to spark your imagination!
How does gardening affect someone’s mental and physical health?
It is observed in studies that people have a beneficial response to nature. For example, a person leaving more relaxed and content after spending some time in a garden or a sanctuary, observing the nature around them. Exposure to gardens can be therapeutic and help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Also, historically, gardening has been used as a treatment and helps promote a positive and lifestyle. Gardening includes physical exertion, time in the sunlight, spending time in cleaner air, and social interactions in your community, all of which lead to better mental and physical health.
Thompson, Richard. “Gardening for Health: a Regular Dose of Gardening.” Clinical Medicine (London, England), Royal College of Physicians, June 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6334070/.
How does gardening affect the environment?
Gardening helps clean air pollution and slowly helps to combat climate change by reducing your carbon footprint. It helps to increase biodiversity in the ecosystem and increases access to nutritious foods. In some places, community gardens can also help create a safer environment for people by decreasing the rate of crime. Overall, gardening benefits you, your community, and the atmosphere and wildlife around you!
DeMuro, Katie. “The Many Benefits of Community Gardens.” Greenleaf Communities, 13 Oct. 2020, https://greenleafcommunities.org/the-many-benefits-of-community-gardens/.
I hope after reading through my project you are inspired to go start a garden! It will be a nice change of pace hopefully, and will impact your health and the quality of life in the community you are in, the animals that live nearby, and the plants will thrive and create a healthier environment overall!