Updated on July 5, 2018
Growing up as a little boy, I can remember a vivid experience when an older lady moved into an old dilapidated house just down the street from our family. I remember feeling sad for her because her house looked so broken down. It always seemed like she was completely broke and couldn’t afford anything than just the bare necessities but, little did I know that this woman’s house would end up being one of the most beautiful ones in town.
You see, every year the garden around her humble house would blossom! And not just blossom but positively explode in a riot of color. In fact, she had flowers and plants of all kinds popping up ALL YEAR LONG! It turns out that her love of gardening is what brought that little ladies house to life every single year. In fact, she proved to be a gardening genius! She certainly left a lasting impression on me, because ever since I have grown up and got married and then moved into my own home I’ve thought a lot about her.
Most gardening enthusiasts out there will agree with me when I say that it is one of the greatest forms of artistic expression out there. Besides the fact that it is beautiful, it offers so many benefits to you and your home. Some of which include-
Through personal experience I have found that it is extremely hard to be unhappy when you are surrounded by blossoms, greenery, and vegetables! Professors at the University of Texas can back be up when I say that it can cure depression. After asking a wide range of 300 people how they would rate their happiness in life, they found that gardeners gave significantly higher scores than everyone else. With this information alone I would even dare to say that gardening can be as helpful as Prozac when it comes to depression.
Another benefit of planting is that it can be incredible for your health. We already know that happiness is a side effect—which is a major health plus. Another plus is that you can experience optimal health while planting your own veggies and fruits. Home grown veggies provide all of the nutrients and suppliments that your body could ever want.
One of the genius benefits that comes to planting is that if you plant the right things you can ward off all kinds of predators to your home. Grass alone will keep all kinds of bugs away from your house. However there are many other plants that will keep dangerous pests out of your home and yard! Here is a sort list of things that you can plant to keep certain bugs away-
• Basil- to get rid of flies and mosquitoes.
• Chamomile- to fight of aphids.
• Marigold- to rid of tomato worms.
• Mint- white cabbage moths and aphids.
• Sage- for flea beetles and slugs.
• Tansy- flying insects, squash bugs, ants, and flies.
The list is endless and super easy to find if you do your research right. There are so many online websites that offer lists of plants that will ward off pesky insects from your home. That aspect alone offers a major benefit to me living out in the desert.
As you can see, gardening offers some major rewards and benefits your happiness. Not only that but it is super easy to get started. So, why not do like I do and go online today and start researching some ideas. A great place to start getting inspiration is www.barmekin.co.uk