Gardening has been around for long time. Some people use it as therapy in these ways
- Soil is an antidepressant that can be used to lift your mood
- Studies show that it can help with mindfulness and stress
- It boosts brain health
Gardening is something that can keep you busy all year long. Some vegetables grow better in the summer and some grow better in the winter. Tomatoes, Corn and Carrots are all vegetables that grow best in the summer. Peas, asparagus and garlic all grow best in winter. Some vegetables you can grow all year around like potatoes or radishes because they are all root vegetables.
Also, you can do sister planting (the three sisters) the three sisters are used to help plants. Protect and feed off each other. It started off as corn, beans and squash by doing this the corn provided stability for the beans to grow. The beans produced a chemical called nitrogen. They also soak up the water. The squash covers the ground and keeps it moist the pointy leaves keep the bugs away. Sister planting was brought to the north Americas by trade and was adopted by many different cultures.
Another way to help your garden is recycling. Like an old boot as a planter or an old suitcase. Or your own plants. You can use them to put in your soil. For example, beans they release nitrogen. Nitrogen turns into protein which the plants feed from. Protein like humans help the plants grow faster and stronger. It is also the green tent in the stem and leaves that conduct photosynthesis.
By Emily Hinerman