Gardening a Stress Reducer

Ways to use gardening as both a hobby and a means to reduce stress

Many homeowners take up gardening to transform their homes with beautiful flowers and foliage, while others do so to yield fresh fruits and vegetables. But gardening can be more than just a weekend hobby. Studies have indicated that gardening can be good for the mind and body. In addition to improving mood and reducing stress, plant life and gardening also may help people have a more hopeful outlook on life. If reaping the benefit of a beautiful landscape is not reason enough to get into gardening, elevating your mood and coping with depression or illness may be even further motivation to start developing your green thumb.

Explore these emerging and established garden décor trends to try in and around your home.

– Living wall planters: A living wall planter can add greenery to any décor without taking up floor or table space. A living wall planter is a framed device that houses plants in a manner that enables them to be vertically mounted to a wall surface. You can create your own design and paint or stain it to match the existing décor.

– Combining fish with gardening: Enjoy the best of two relaxing worlds by installing a water feature in your yard. Add fish suitable for outdoor life to your pond.

– Creative furniture designs: Tables, benches and chairs can be built with planting channels that enable you to have greenery and garden décor in one piece.

– Functional fire pits and places: A blazing fire creates a cozy spot to gather on chilly evenings, but fire pits and fireplaces also can be used as impromptu cooking spots for s’mores or frankfurters on a stick.

Gardening and spending time outdoors are great hobbies and may even boost your mood.