The Health Benefits of Gardening

Getting out into the garden this Autumn could have some surprising benefits.

Whether you're growing fruit and veggies, flowers, succulents or indoor plants getting your hands dirty and your thumbs green could have some surprising health benefits for you and your family.

Maintaining a garden is a great way to be physically active, mowing the lawn, stretching, kneeling, sitting, reaching, lifting are all good for improving your motor skills, endurance, strength and just to keep moving.

Growing your own fruit, veggies and herbs encourages you to think and eat seasonally, adds variety to your diet, and encourages you to prepare homemade healthy dishes and to appreciate fresh produce. Kids can be involved by planning the garden, watching the plants grow and waiting until the fruit and vegetables are ripe and ready to eat. This can help build their enthusiasm and excitement about healthy foods.

Gardening is a great way to relax, providing opportunities to still the mind and get away from the busyness of everyday life. There is even evidence to suggest that gardening can help ease symptoms of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

It doesn't have to be your garden either, Toowoomba's parks and gardens will be in full autumn colour.

 

It's Time To Plant ...

Camellias | Roses | Gardenias | Banksias | Daisies | Pansy | Viola

Polyanthus | Primula | Cineraria

Spring Bulbs and Sweet Peas can be planted on or after St Patrick's Day - March 17.

 

Watch Out For ...

Aphids on Roses

White Cabbage Butterfly on cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Use of snail and slug pellets to control snails now will pay off in spring

Watch Out For

Caring For Your Lawn ...

Aerate | De-thatch | Control Weeds | Fertilise

As always if you have any questions when it comes to things in and around your garden, come in and speak to one of our Gardening Gurus, who will be happy to help you on the right path. 

 

Garden Releaf

During March The Springs will have lots of colour and activities and will Celebrate Garden Releaf Day at our Nursery on March 22nd.

Across the month we will be promoting the benefits of gardening for your well being. Join in and let us know what you love to do in your garden…

 

What is Garden Releaf?

Garden Releaf is an innovative program established by Garden Centres of Australia (GCA) in 2014 to help people understand the numerous benefits that spending time in a garden or simply being surrounded by living greenery can have on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Garden Releaf is here to promote all the benefits that surrounding yourself with living plants can bring and to re-iterate there are so many ways to do this be it; working in your garden, enjoying time in a garden created by others, enjoying the produce or fragrance from a garden, being able to just look at and enjoy a garden or simply breathing cleaner air because there are more trees and plants in your day to day life. Gardening and living greenery has been proven to improve not only a person’s physical and mental health but also to reduce stress and anxiety and build self-esteem.

Research and studies continue to identify new ways that plants and gardens enrich our lives and through our Garden Releaf program we will communicate and highlight these benefits. Most importantly Garden Releaf will provide ideas and opportunities, inspiration and events that will help you and/or a loved one to actively get involved and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Sadly we know that 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety- this will be a chance for you to get involved and learn a bit more about how you can help yourself and others improve mental and physical wellbeing – by simply emerging yourself in plants and a garden.

To Find Out More go to:

https://gardenreleaf.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/gardenreleafaustralia

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/