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The Top 4 Health Benefits Of a Garden You Didn’t Know

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

Do have a home garden or you buy all your foodstuffs from groceries? In this era, many people want to spend their time indoors. They do not have time to plough pieces of land or plant vegetables. Particularly, for people living in cities and suburbs, growing vegetables is not a priority. A large number of malls and green groceries that offer one an opportunity to access any vegetables is killing the home garden culture.

While concerns are rising on the dangers of using GMO products, only one out of three households in America grow foods in their home gardens – this is according to research by Farmer Foodshare. Owning a garden can be a good idea for your health. But how? Here are four health benefits of a garden you need to know:

 

  • Opportunity to grow pure organic products

Having a home garden is the surest way of consuming organic products. While you can find products labeled as organic, you’re not sure whether they are pure. With your garden, you have total control of any plant and material used to grow crops. For instance, you can replace chemical pesticides with natural ones. So, in the end, you’re certain that your foods have zero toxins. You can enjoy your tomatoes, potatoes, and vegetables without fear of harsh impacts on your body. A homegarden is the only guarantee that what you consume is organic.This way, you can avoid toxins from chemicals that save you from dietary health issues.

 

  • Enhances your mental workout and wellbeing

In this era, living indoors is a lifestyle. Most people spend over 60% of their time working on computers and watching television. Or else, working on indoors chores. These activities lead to fatigue and other health issues. For instance, the lack of natural lights can lead to insomnia. Your brains become exhausted resulting in sleepless nights. A home garden is a good remedy for mental relaxation. As you and your family spend time in this garden, you have a chance to workout your mind and breath fresh air. Also, you enjoy gaining Vitamin D. all these elements boost your mental wellness.

 

  • A good way to enhance respiratory health in your home

If you have been in a science class, you understand the relationship between plants and air cleansing. Plants use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as a by-product of the photosynthesis process. With this relationship, you can confirm that plants are an essential part of human life. Having a home garden enhances your air cleansing. As you breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, the plant have a reverse process. Hence, your garden enables you to retain fresh air rich in oxygen which promotes your respiratory health.

 

  • Reliable sources of healthy diets

Eating healthy is the objective of every human. Everyone needs a balanced diet that enables them to maintain their body weight and size. However, you can only claim to be a healthy eater when you have full information about the products you’re consuming. Having a home garden is the best assurance of this objective. With your garden, you know every input used.  You can avoid ones that contain health risks. As such, a home garden is a reliable source of natural and healthy diets.

Conclusion

As you can see, having a home garden has many benefits. So, if you do not own one, it is high time you think about it.

 

Reducing air pollution exposure through greener gardening

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

For those of us who live in densely populated cities, air quality can be a growing concern. The concerns are certainly well-founded, a London once again hit its air quality values for the whole year in a matter of just over two months in 2019. Its air quality is so poor that a number of deaths are attributed to the problem every year in the UK.

If you live in a city then, you will want to take measures to ensure the air around you is as filtered as possible. There are a number of plants that can help you to do this.

Colourful gerbera daisies

You can include a whole array of coloured on your quest to be greener! A recent study by NASA has provided a few colourful blooms for gardeners keen to clean the air. Gerbera daisies are bonny, beautiful blooms that come in many different colours; white, orange, red, pink — whichever you pick, they’ll give your garden a splash of colour. These flowers love direct sunlight and a bit of space, so make sure not to leave them in a shady corner of your garden.

That’s not all. NASA states that these wonderful flowers are also great for dealing with multiple air toxins, such as benzene.

Filtering with conifers

Looking for a garden border option that will also help with air pollution? Hedges are great for combatting air pollution, and Homes & Property recommends conifers for the job. Specifically, the western red cedar hedge is named as an ideal conifer to plant in your garden. But if your garden is a little smaller, the publication also names the yew as a great alternative, citing its evergreen nature and easy trimming.

Scaling up your green game with ivy

There’s something so picturesque about ivy. A classic climbing plant, you might already have the hedera helix climbing up the walls of your house. Though it has a bad reputation in the States as being a weed, it can be a lovely addition to your garden if tended to. The plant offers benefits for wildlife and for the air – Goldsmiths, University of London, states that the wide leaves of the common ivy traps particulates, which makes it a great choice for purifying the air.

Not a wallflower to be overlooked

The Erysimum, more commonly known as the wallflower, is a colourful way to bring more air-filtering properties to your garden. Goldsmiths also names this plant as being akin to the common ivy for its particulate-cleansing power. These flowers have a bright display of petals during the first half of the year. You can grow wallflowers in many colours, with purple and yellow popular choices.

Greener methods

Keeping your garden green extends beyond the plants you pick. You have to consider how you are tending to your garden as well. SmilingGardener offers five great ways to reduce pollution in ways beyond planting shrubs and flowers:

 

  • Avoid pesticide use. This one is probably a given, but if you can avoid using chemicals on your garden, please do.

 

  • Consider composting. You can turn many waste products into compost to stop it going to the landfill.
  • Don’t use corn gluten meal. SmilingGardener notes this meal is made up from genetically modified corn, so best to stay away from using it, if possible.
  • Opt for silent/quiet equipment. This one’s more for noise pollution, but it’s certainly an added bonus for the pollution-conscious gardener to take note of!
  • Look inside as well as outside. As well as planting outdoor plants to combat air toxicity, consider bringing in some houseplants to cleanse the air in your home.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.smilinggardener.com/introduction/5-unique-ways-to-decrease-pollution/

https://www.gold.ac.uk/news/phyto-sensor/

https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/gardening/clean-air-save-your-home-from-harmful-pollution-with-clever-garden-hedge-choices-a114961.html

https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/reduce-your-exposure-to-air-pollution/

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2016-10-12/how-london-is-embracing-the-vertical-garden-or-living-wall/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/11035106/Green-walls-how-to-grow-a-garden-vertically.html

https://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/general/news.aspx?newsId=2clsQZWiKLVkYFiScEAp8s

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/gerbera-daisy/growing-gerbera-daisies.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/25.shtml

 

Summer Maintenance Tips For A Thriving Garden

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Summer Maintenance Tips For A Thriving Garden

The Common Sense Gardening initiative found that the UK is eager to get out into their gardens, with a 29% increase in millennials enjoying gardening. Summer is the perfect time to do some general maintenance in the garden, from clearing out the guttering to sweeping the patio, sorting out the shed, painting the fence and deadheading your flowers to keep them blooming for longer, resulting in a beautiful garden that you’ll love spending time in.

Have a tidy up

Even if you had a spring clean your garden will have seen many rainy days since that will have led to lots of growth, which includes those pesky weeds. Start by pulling up weeds and sweeping patio areas. These small jobs can make a big difference to the overall tidiness of your garden. Summer is also the perfect time for checking and clearing your guttering and drains for any buildup of debris that could cause blockages. Blockages can be caused by the wind blowing leaves and sticks into it, particularly guttering that’s near trees, so these can be cut back, along with any other trees, shrubs and bushes that are starting to look untamed.

Reorganise your shed

The shed is a perfect storage solution, and not always just for garden essentials. Over the winter and spring, the garden shed tends to become a mess as more and more odd bits are stored in there and then forgotten about. Summer is the perfect time to take everything out and sort what you’re going to keep and what can go. While the shed is empty, give it a thorough clean and then organise where everything will go back in it. You should be able to access everything easily and know where everything is, if not you may need to be a bit more ruthless about what you’re keeping. Decide what you keep based on when the last time you used it was and how likely you are to use it again.

Repaint the fence and any other woodwork

Painting your fence, shed, benches, and anything else in the garden made from wood is essential for making it last a long time, as well as keeping it looking its best. Over the winter it’s likely your fence has faced detrimental weather conditions. It may need some minor repairs and can then be painted. A coat of Creosote or a similar treatment can give it extra protection it needs from the hot sun. Using a spray gun can make this a quick and fairly effortless job, instead of it feeling like a chore every year. If you decide to change the colour of your fence and any other woodwork you’ll probably need several coats before you can see the difference.

Do some deadheading

Summers means lots of flowers will be blooming, which means deadheading is an essential job to keep the flowers coming through while keeping your garden looking tidy. Everything from bedding plants to roses look better and grow better when they are regularly deadheaded. Try to do some deadheading regularly, even if it’s only for five to ten minutes at a time. The only exception to this is varieties of flowers that produce colourful hips, which shouldn’t be deadheaded. Applying a second dose of fertiliser at the end of June will also help to boost blooms. Deadheading is the perfect way to give your back a rest from all the other garden jobs too.

Having a thorough tidy up can make your garden look a lot better and can usually be done within a day or two. Tidying up your shed and giving it a paint, along with the fencing and any other woodwork, will brighten the garden up and weatherproof it. All these little jobs will help your garden to look its best.