Now that May has rolled around, it’s finally warm enough outside that spending time in the outdoors might not be something that you dread. In fact, if it’s nice enough outside, then you might actually be looking forward to getting out into the garden! That is, if you’re big into gardening.

If you’re not into gardening, then you might be wondering what the big fuss is to get plants ready for the spring time. There are lots of benefits to gardening that you might not realize, though! We’ve put together a list of the best reasons to start gardening if you haven’t already been convinced!

 

 

It’s good for your heart health

According to WebMd, “[a]ctivities such as gardening, do-it-yourself projects and housework may be as good as formal exercise when it comes to reducing the risk for heart attackand stroke[.]”

 

 

It’s good for your mental health, too

A 2003 study showed that gardening helps to give people hope and works as a form of therapy. So, if you suffer from things Seasonal Affective Disorder, gardening can help to bring you out of that end-of-winter funk.

 

It reduces stress

A Dutch study concluded that gardening for just 30 minutes can reduce your cortisol levels, which helps to reduce stress.

 

It’s been proven to make you happy

A healthy bacteria that lives in soil, M vaccae, produces chemicals in your brain that control your happiness levels. You can get a dose of serotonin just by walking past some dirt!

 

 

It’ll make you like vegetables more!

Gardening makes you feel more connected to the earth and the things that you physically produce. A study from the University of Florida shows that people who garden tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially when they garden from a young age. It’s never too late to learn, though!

 

 

It’ll help you lose weight

A study from the University of Utah shows that those who participate in community gardening have decreased odds of being overweight.

 

 

 

It helps to prevent climate change

According to the National Wildlife Federation in the US, gardening can cut down your carbon footprint by reducing your production of greenhouse gasses, reducing your need to buy items, and allowing you to recycle kitchen waste.

 

 

It increases your hand strength


When many people these days spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks like typing or swiping on a phone, it is important to keep up with hand strength, and according to Kansas State University, gardening is a great way to do that. Plus, it’s great for those suffering from things like strokes or weakened muscles. It’s like leg day, but for your hands.

 

 

It sharpens the mind

According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, gardening, along with dancing, can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s disease in half.

 

It looks great!

I mean, come on – who doesn’t love a great-looking garden?

So now that we’ve convinced you, make sure to stop by the May perennial sale and pick out a selection of beautiful perennial plants!