"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."
– Alfred Austin, poet
Gardening is a hobby that's not only beneficial to the environment, but also to the gardener. Spending a chunk of your day in the dirt amongst the vegetables, fruits, and flowers can lower stress levels and help fight signs of depression, CNN reported. On top of that, it's no secret that fresh air and sunlight do the body good. Not to mention a successful vegetable garden will provide some of the freshest food you can get.
In addition to the associated health benefits, another great thing about gardening is that just about everyone can take part in this activity. A simple vegetable garden doesn't require a plethora of tools or an overwhelming amount of your time. After planting your seeds or transplants, your job is to ensure that they thrive in their environment and receive the proper amount of water and sunlight. Sunset recommends that your vegetables get at least six hours of sun each day.
For more tips on starting your perfect garden, the folks behind GrowVeg have you covered. GrowVeg is a company dedicated to helping people achieve success in all of their gardening endeavors. Below, you can watch one of their videos from May 2014 showcasing 10 helpful tips for a successful vegetable garden. One of the more intriguing tips focuses on smaller vegetables, like beans and peas. Because you want to protect their roots, GrowVeg recommends making a personal planter for them using old toilet paper rolls. Not only will this tip help your plants grow to their full potential, it's also quite resourceful.
Give the video a spin to learn some other cool gardening hacks. Remember to do your research before planting, as each plant is unique in its needs.
So, heed the words of English poet Alfred Austin and embrace the dirt. It may just do you some good.