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How Good is Gardening for Your Health

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Welcome to the Age of Technology, where information is the new currency that controls the majority of our lives. Rather than making life on this planet, most will agree that technology has made life a bit more difficult, and a heck of a lot more stressful. If this about sums it up for you, then don’t feel bad; you are not alone! A recent study conducted by the University of Gothenberg, located in Sweden, provides significant data that indicates young adults 18-24, who spend a great deal of time tied to their smartphones, exhibit more mental health conditions than those […]
Therapeutic Horticulture

Therapeutic Horticulture

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Landscape architects and DIY garden designers have always developed their structures as sanctuaries; places where people can retreat from the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Most cities have botanical gardens, while others offer enormous green spaces, like Central Park in New York City. Although people are encouraged to enjoy the gardens, or get in touch with nature through the use of these facilities, recent studies indicate that there is far more therapeutic benefit to actively growing and maintaining plants yourself. “Therapeutic Horticulture” is a recognized treatment to combat stress, depression, and anxiety in several countries and across a broad […]
Gardening Kids

Get Your Kids Into Gardening

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If you are the parents of children, one of the more difficult tasks you might encounter will be getting your kids to eat a balanced diet full of healthy food. One of the best ways to encourage your kids to enjoy those healthy foods is by getting them out into the garden with you. In this day and age, with modern gardening concepts for urban gardening becoming more popular by the minute, you no longer need an enormous plot of land. You can experiment with container growing a few vegetables in a raised bed, or planting a few of your […]
Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening & You

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Gardening is an activity that millions of people around the world enjoy. Unfortunately, there are several millions more who are unable to garden because of their current living conditions; they reside in one of the many concrete jungles that make up metropolitan urban areas. Thankfully, a handful of the heartiest urban gardeners were able to devise methods of overcoming the multitude of obstacles that face people in their living conditions, such as container gardening, companion gardening, and vertical gardening, which we will be discussing today. Vertical gardens require very little horizontal space. As long as you can continue building the […]
Gardening Mind

Gardening; Medicine for the Mind

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It’s January, and here in the United States that means the days are starting to get a little bit longer with each passing day as we march towards the growing season, which is great news for those of us who garden. It shouldn’t be long now before we can get out in the garden and start sowing seeds in the soil, but we still have to get through the rest of winter, and although February is the shortest month on the calendar, it seems to take the longest to get through, holding onto Old Man Winter as if they were […]
Microgreens

Making the Most of Micro-Greens

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Haven’t heard of microgreens yet? Chances are you’re missing a golden opportunity to increase the amount of nutrients present in your diet regimen. Recent research conducted by the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) in conjunction with the University of Maryland, discovered that leaves found on microgreens have far more nutrients than fully grown leaves from the same plant. Making matters even more promising, you can grow microgreens yourself. What are Microgreens? Microgreens refers to the initial leaves the seedling produces shortly after being planted, normally within the first 14 days. These leaves are immature and short in stature, averaging between […]
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5 Tips for Beginning Gardeners

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Every experienced gardener got their start somewhere and most of them, myself included, committed every cardinal sin in the big book of gardening that first go around. I sat down the other night to try and recall all the mistakes I made my first year. After a couple hours of jotting down notes, I decided to put together a short list of tips to help get you and your garden started and headed in the right direction. BABY STEPS: When you catch the bug to start growing a garden, whether it be flowers, food, or a combination of both, it […]
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The Benefits of Bay Leaves

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Bay leaves are harvested from the bay laurel tree. Originating in the Mediterranean, bay leaf is now cultivated in several countries and used as a culinary flavor enhancer in several cuisines. Bay leaves are also used in the manufacturing of perfumes, and they are an ingredient in several herbal remedies and natural medicines. Bay leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also possess anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties to boot! The health benefits associated with bay leaves are numerous. Whether used in cooking, herbal remedies, or natural medicines, bay leaves will be beneficial to your diet and help […]
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Purslane—The Health Boosting Power Plant

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Purslane, also known by a bevy of other names, such as pigweed, red root, and hogweed to name a few, is often considered a weed here in the United States; however, it was originally cultivated as a leafy vegetable in the regions of India and Persia. Today it grows in several countries. You’ve probably seen purslane growing wildly if you live in the United States. It has rounded broad leaves and will sometimes sprout yellow flowers. Even if you have seen it and are familiar with its appearance, there’s a good chance you are not aware of the nutritional value […]
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Redecorate the Garden with Spilled Flower Pots

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If you have a backyard garden, then there’s a better than average chance you have a few varieties of flowers growing somewhere; they do add beautiful décor to the area they are grown in. Flowers add vibrant color schemes to the garden when added, and there are plenty of non-traditional methods of including them in the yard, or garden. One of my favorite methods of adding unconventional décor to my garden is using flower pots, but not just any flower pots, broken flower pots, or even those that are arranged to appear as though they were knocked over, spilling their […]