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The benefits of gardening by Fiann O’Nuallian

by CountryLife Gardening | Jul 21, 2016

Guest Blog from Fiann Ó'Nualláin
HEALTH

  • Gardening offers a relationship with nature which provides a sense of psychological wellbeing.
  • The human eye can perceive more shades of green than of any other colour. Green triggers a response in the sympathetic nervous system to relieve tension in the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure.
  • The garden is a green gym: Mowing a lawn with a push mower for ½ hour duration burns 243 calories in exertion – that is the equivalent quantity to the strenuous activity of chopping wood for a ½ hour.

ECONOMIC

  • The economic benefits of gardening are many fold, a house with a neat lawn will rent or sell quicker while a home with a garden will rent or sell for more.
  • Gardens are an expense but unlike other pastimes, the investment is returned not just in enjoyment but in actual financial benefit: yields of cut flowers, herbs, vegetables save your pocket.

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • We know trees are the lungs of the world but a fast-growing forest tree will absorb up to 48 pounds of Co2 over a single year; approximately ten tons per acre of forestry – that is enough to offset the Co2 output produced by driving a car 33796 kilometres. The equatorial circumference of the earth is 40075km.
  • It is not just forests, over a single living year a mature garden tree will also absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48lbs and in the process will replenish the atmosphere with enough oxygen to support 2 human beings.

SOCIAL

  • Gardening is often considered a solo pursuit but in fact has always been a social activity. You may garden alone with your thoughts and tranquillity as a pursuit, but what you create is the perfect venue for a coffee morning, a Sunday barbeque or occasion to share with friends and family.
  • There are many clubs and societies that organise talks, demonstrations, field trips and social nights. Gardening brings people together.

The above is an extract of Fiann’s Blog please visit theholisticgardener.com to read the full post. Fiann will be in CountryLife New Ross on Saturday 30th of July giving a FREE gardening talk as part of our Pet & Garden Event.