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Gardening Makes You Healthy and Wise

Updated on May 30, 2011

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Gardening, no matter what you grow, will help you become healthy and wise, as for wealthy well, that all depends upon how you define wealth.

If you want to be healthy, then it is important to grow naturally which means that you do not use any chemicals but rely on nature to guide you and use the gardener’s footstep method to prevent problems before they spread.

The gardener’s footstep requires you to spend time outside, simply wandering through your garden, paying little attention to anything else but the plants themselves. You turn over a leaf, look at a flower and keep your focus on the plants before you.

Not only will this clear your mind and get rid of the nagging little sayings that tend to bother us all and it will help you discover a pest invasion before it becomes an invasion or a disease before it has spread too far. In other word you have the time to intervene and protect your crop.

Gardening is good exercise and while I tend to be a lazy gardener which translates into I avoid things like digging, I still spend time bending down to smell the roses or the basil for that matter.

I also enjoy the smell the rises up and linger on your hands when you touch tomato leaves.

These little pleasures are good for my mind and heart.

When you garden naturally you are connected to nature and a world much greater than yourself, far more than watching TV or spending beautiful days indoors.

You are in a position to realize that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and that you, a gardener are playing an active role in Life’s dance.

This can enhance your self-esteem in ways that pay off through all your other activities. Positive self-image is essential to health without a healthy mind you cannot have a healthy body.

If you are new to vegetable gardening, I suggest that you begin simply, by growing tomatoes and basil; both healthy and both plants that enjoy each other’s company.

You can grow them in the same container on a deck or balcony, if that is all the space you have, or all the time. If using a container I’d suggest cherry tomatoes.

Both tomatoes and basil will provide you with good food value as well.

Green, salad greens or the cut and come again plants are also easy to grow and will work in containers, keep them near your door so you can just step outside and pick yourself a fresh salad.

Herbs, this covers a wide variety of plants, can be grown indoors, in your kitchen for example, but because getting outside is one of the best aspects of gardening, they also do well in containers or in a small plot near the door so they are easy to reach.

Gardening will make you healthy through the act of gardening itself and through eating the fruits of your labour; it will also make you wise as you discover the wonders of growing things. Will it make you wealthy? Well that is all up to you and what you believe wealth to be.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Katherine I like cacti and I have just begun work on a book,

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    Katherine Baldwin 10 years ago from South Carolina

    Bob, that was almost poetic. You should write a gardening book. I inherited my Mother's black, not brown thumb. The only thing that she could grow was cactus. Their house looked like the desert. I depend on your gardening hubs so that I can live in my imaginary garden vicariously through your hubs. Thank You ever so much.


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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    garden candy, good description.

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    dafla 10 years ago

    Well said, Bob. You know what a gardening freak I am. I love what you said about wandering through the garden. I do that every morning, if I don't have to leave before the sun is up, that is. I take my cup of coffee, and just walk around the yard. It's amazing how a garden can change in the eight hours you're asleep. New flowers open, old flowers die, new leaves come out on plants. I just love it. I especially love when I'm away for a week or two, and come home to what seems like a totally new garden, with all the changes that have taken place!

    As for tomatoes, I call cherry tomatoes "garden candy".

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, now I want a salad too. :-)

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    firefly07 10 years ago from UK

    Amazing hob, Bob. Just thinking about all that makes me want a salad with good olive oil and crusty bread.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    rmr,the footsep is somemthing that seasoned gardeners do but take for granted while newbies may not think about it.

    Bloggermom, here it is minus 19C, codlder with the strong wind blowing, planting out time is still a long way off.

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    Blogger Mom 10 years ago from Northeast, US

    I can't wait until we can start our garden this spring. Winter be gone! ;)

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    rmr 10 years ago from Livonia, MI

    Wonderful insight for the new gardener. Never heard of the gardener's footstep, although I do it all summer long. It's very relaxing and allows you to take in the fresh air,and beauty of nature.