Gardening and your health

Gardening and your health

There is a new prescription in the market that is more famous and most doctors are prescribing it to their patients. They see a dramatic change in their mood, health, mindset, and the good news is this prescription is for everybody.

Doctors often tell their patients to go outside in green and spend some time with mother nature. In today’s busy world we don’t have time to go hiking to explore nature.

After everyday work our mind needs rest. I am not talking about sleeping for 7 hours every light. Here I am talking about rest from stress, overthinking, and emotions.

For office employees, it is not possible to visit the green belt every week. But what if a tell you there is a way by which you can stay in touch with nature.

A home garden or indoor garden is the best way to keep yourself close to nature and it is a healthy exercise for the body and mind.

What are green Prescriptions?

Few years ago, doctors advise their patients to go out and spend some time with themselves. But nowadays they prescribe these things to every patient. Work stress, family stress, relationship stress, financial stress, and other stress block our minds and reduce the energy and physiologic balance in human life.

Therefore, doctors tell their patients to go hiking through woods, spend some time to grow a plant, walk through a green park. Don’t sit at home on your couch and wait for a miracle to happen that brings your health back on track.

You have to take positive actions to improve your health and diet.

Social prescription is increasing day after day. It is for those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental depressions.

Social isolation is a big problem in today’s society. People don’t like to go out and talk with others therefore when they go to the doctor, they get a green prescription.

I person who is in contact with nature never feels stress on his/her mind.

Let’s take a look on most common green prescriptions

Gardening for Physical and Mental Exercise

The most common green prescription is setting up a green garden or get involved in the community garden. Because while gardening your lift heavy soil bags. It is a sweaty job you need to sit and stand many times which is good for knees and back.

For gardening, you do not need a large space. Those who are living in apartments can start container gardening. Where we grow every plant in a container.

Or you can use hydroponic systems to grow plants in small spaces.  

This keeps a person busy in growing a plant from seed to big trees. When he/she see a tiny sprout coming out from the seeds. This gives the feeling of achievement which increases confidence.

Most of the time people like to grow flowers and vegetables because it is easy for them. When they see vegetables grown by them are liked by other people, they feel confident. This feeling of confidence increases socialism and reduce the level of depression and anxiety.

Gardening is an outdoor activity you can grow plants in the yard or even inside your home in containers.

Involved in the community garden

You can find many community gardens in the UK. Choose the nearby community garden and Participate in gardening if you feel lonely. Moreover, you can learn many new things from others. Because many new and experienced growers work together to bring life to a seed.

There you learn many new skills, talk to other people, you learn how to work in a team. All these new skills help to reduces depression and anxiety.

If there is no community garden in your area get help from your friend and family members to grow plants. Or you can read the articles online, watch YouTube videos, and learn from there.

Fresh food

For good physical and mental health, one should need to eat fresh organic food. Eating organic vegetables grown in your garden by yourself encourages you to keep eating fresh and good food. Start with the vegetables that you and your family like to eat every week. This way you can reduce the grocery bill because growing vegetables at home are cheaper than buying from the farmer’s market or from the supermarket.

Improved diet, increased physical activity and socialism improve the personality.

Those living stressful life should start growing food as soon as possible. Herbs are the easiest thing to start with if you don’t have any past experience of gardening. Read our other articles and know everything about growing different vegetables at home.

You and Nature

Green prescriptions push people towards nature and a high percentage of the population is shifting towards green life. It is good for our environment and planet. The more our society connects with trees, plants, and the natural world, the more will be respect for every living thing on this planet. This way we stop damaging our atmosphere.

In short, gardening help you to save your environment, your health, money on grocery, relax your mind, and give happiness.

Final words

It costs you nothing to walk in a green park or to help others to maintain the environment green. If you don’t want to set up a garden at your residence then go to the local nursery and help them with their work. This way you can keep yourself healthy, learn about different plants, and help the community and contribute to keeping our planet green and safe.

Easy vegetables to grow at home

Easy vegetables to grow at home

Everyone should eat green organic vegetables than other food to live a healthy life. Organic food will be your top choice to stay young and healthy. Doctors recommend adding vegetables of different colors in our food to live a disease-free longer life. You can start with the easy to grow UK vegetables.

Because I believe that the best way to eat good healthy food is to grow it at home by yourself. You don’t need to have a big yard to grow vegetables. Container gardening and hydroponics is the technique to grow food in a small space.

Every vegetable has its own growing requirements means you can’t give the same nutrients and light to every vegetable.

Today you will learn about the 9 vegetables that are easy to grow at home. First-time growers should start their indoor vegetable garden from one of these vegetables.

Let’s find out more about what are easy vegetables to grow at home.

Green Beans

Canned green beans have preservatives in them and frozen beans lose 60% of their nutrients. Fresh beans are the healthiest beans that you can add to your food plate. Now the question is how you can have a continuous supply of organic fresh green beans.

The simple answer is by growing them at your home. This is one of the easiest foods to grow indoors with the help of grow lights.

LED grow lights are perfect to grow greens at home. LEDs high-quality light band grow healthy food in a short time.

Green Onions

Green onions are the second easy to grow vegetable at home. Grow this food throughout the calendar. It does not need many nutrients and much care. Just give it a high nitrogen supplement and you will get top-quality green onions at home.

In just 40 to 60 days your green onions will be ready for the harvest and the second batch will also grow in a short time.

Radishes

Radishes are healthy food for humans. It controls the damage to red blood cells and maintains the oxygen level in the blood. Best to improve digestion due to its high fiber content. Good to regulate the function of your bladder and liver. Also kills harmful bacteria in our intestine.

Now you will be surprised to know that you can grow it at home and your radishes will be ready for harvest in just 4 to 5 weeks.

Beets

If you don’t know how to control grow room temperature and just want to experiment with your growing skills. You should start with the Beets because they can be grown in any environment. High or low humidity does not affect beets.  Even if you water them less, they will not mind and grow healthy. I don’t think there is a need to tell you the health benefits of beets (everyone knows).

Capsicum

Capsicum is another easy to grow vegetable at home. It is an excellent source of vitamin C. vitamin C helps our body to fight against free radicals. It also delays the aging process and brings new life to dull and lifeless skin. It does not matter you grow bell peppers outdoor or indoors. You can have the same quality peppers at the time of harvest.

It takes 60 to 90 days to grow peppers at home but if you have a grow tent and all other necessary equipment you can shorten the growing time.

Carrots

Grow them indoors and eat them after 70 to 80 days. Carrots do not require special conditions to grow. The only thing you need to keep in mind while growing carrots is to grow in a high quality growing medium. It can be potting soil or potting mix with the right amount of nutrients.

It is fun to grow carrots at home. They are good for our eyesight. If your eyesight is getting weak start eating carrots every day for 30 days. You will see improvement in your vision if you don’t have any serious eye problems. Nothing is like eating Fresh carrot salad at lunchtime with some cucumber and beets. You can add black pepper if you like or any sauce of your choice.

Kale

Everyone likes to eat potato chips but most of us are worried about the calories. The simple solution is growing kale at home and make low-calorie potato chips by toasting them in the oven.

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You can add it to your salad plate, wraps, and sandwiches, this the plant that does not require any care. Most of the seeds will sprout in less than 5 days. Kale is a good option to replace your packed and processed potato chips.

Tomatoes

We use tomatoes in almost every dish. Tomatoes are in sandwiches, wraps, salad bowls, sauces, etc. The high demand for tomatoes encourages farmers to grow more tomatoes and for this, they use different chemical contained supplements to speed up the growth.

Supplements also give more yield per plant. But these supplements are not safe for human consumption. Even if you wash them 10 times in water the traces of chemicals are still get left in tomatoes.

My advice is to grow your tomatoes in a container. This plant is easy to grow and you will have ripe tomatoes full of antioxidants.

Ginger

Ginger is the last food item on our list but this does not mean you cannot grow other vegetables. This list of easy vegetables to grow at home is for those who want to grow such vegetables first that are easy to grow to gain some experience.

Ginger loves to grow in warm conditions so you cannot grow it in winters (outdoors). Plant to grow it indoors in pots and have fresh juicy ginger throughout the year. 

Once you harvest the first batch of ginger you can store it for 30 to 40 days. Freeze your fresh ginger to store it for more time. or you can make a paste of it to store it for 2 months.

Above mentioned are easy vegetables to grow at home. Gain some experience by starting form 1 or 2 at a time. The move to expensive crops.