How to gain from your garden

If youre fortunate enough to have a garden or outside space, no matter how large or small, there are many joys and benefits that this this can bring, all year round.

plants sprouting

Sense of achievement

Whether you’re doing the weeding or building a rockery, you can get a real sense of achievement from gardening.

Even if you don’t have a garden, just by growing some herbsvegetables, flowers or cacti inside, on a windowsill or balcony, it’s extremely rewarding to see things growing and thriving from your hard work.

Improves your mood

Spending a little time in the garden can provide you with an escape and increase your self-esteem. By getting some dirt under your nails it can go some way to make you feel happier for having achieved something substantial. 

Check out some alternative gardening ideas, gardening with recyclables or container gardening.

A mother holds her baby as she waters her balcony plants
woman gardening in greenhouse

Source of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for your body and getting out in the sunshine provides a great source of this for you.  Vitamin D helps to improve your immune system and strengthen your bones. Just a few minutes of daylight, even during cloudy days is enough to charge your Vitamin D levels. 

Form of exercise

Gardening is great form of exercise as it can build your strength and gets your heart rate up. Activities like raking and mowing the lawn, or perhaps even clearing the leaves or snow would be deemed as lighter forms of exercise.  Whilst chopping, digging and lifting garden items may be a little more intense. 

Grandpa and grandson gardening together
A table fully covered in colourful, healthy and nutritious fruits, nuts and vegetables

Grow your own

Growing your own fruit and vegetables has many benefits.  It saves you money, its good for the environment, it helps you to stay active and gives you a tremendous sense of achievement. Not to mention you know exactly what’s gone into growing them, so you know they’re organic with no pesticides.   

Good for the family

Gardening provides a great opportunity to bond with family.  Its also good for kid’s exposure to nature and getting outside away from screens and technology. Learning together how things grow and evolve is an amazing way to cultivate understanding and supports Key Stage Learning for younger ones.   

See more ideas here for gardening activities with children.

child gardening with adult

Chance to relax

Gardens, court yards, balconies and patios can all provide you with your own place of zen. A chance for you to escape and unwind.  If youve put effort into making your garden a nice place to spend time in, why not enjoy that time to relax in it.

Check out CSSC’s dedicated gardening web page here.