How to garden
A garden is a place outdoors where plants and trees are grown. It may be for domestic or industrial use.
Organic agriculture is a way of farming that does not involve synthetic chemicals or chemical fertilizers. It focuses on preventative practices such as crop rotation, building soil fertility, and scouting for insect and disease pests.
SAN ANTONIO – When people ask me why I love gardening? My answer is always, “It’s my escape.”
Whether I’m rushing out to get to work or letting my dogs outside, I love opening my front door and stepping out and seeing my flower garden for that brief moment.
It gives me a sense of peace, almost reminding me to take a deep breath. Another favorite part of mine is that it’s one-on-one time with nature.
I love discovering the Monarchs and caterpillars, to the family of toads living in my plants.
Science shows that gardening or just spending time in a garden or with plants doesn’t just reduce stress, but it also has several benefits for your mental health.
Texas A&M AgriLife experts say it can help fight depression, anxiety, ADD, PTSD, promote creativity, reduce the effects of dementia and even boost your self-esteem.
One study shows participants found spending time gardening just twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half helped them with their mental health.
So here is the good news. You don’t even have to be an experienced gardener or have a garden. Researchers say this is because just being in a garden helps you relax, by being in such a beautiful and tranquil place. It makes you feel peaceful in your minds and souls.
But why does being around plants make us feel good? A study out of Florida suggests the answer might be found in the important role of plants in human evolution and the rise of civilization.
The study says as a species, we may be innately attracted to plants because we depend on them for food, shelter and other means of our survival.
If you are a beginner gardener and want to some tips on soil, how to plant a veggie garden or pollinator garden, check out the Gardening with KSAT segments here.