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Gardening Makes You Healthy and Wise

Updated on January 6, 2022
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Bob is a permaculture designer. His ebook, From My Garden, is widely available.

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Healthy and Wise

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.

Growing Tomatoes

Growing Greens


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