Back to Basics – Gardening Helps Your Mind

To some, gardening may seem like an old lady’s chore. In truth, however, it is an effective way to broaden your mind and relax at the same time. It is how we keep in touch with nature and remember our own roots. With your hands in the dirt helping plants come to life, your mind is free to wander and work through its thoughts. In the fall, when you clean out the dead leaves and weeds, you’re also cleaning out your mind. There is nothing more rewarding than planting and successfully growing a beautiful garden. Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables, a garden will always reward you emotionally, medically, and nutritionally.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
-Luther Burbank

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”
-Alfred Austin

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”
-Liberty Hyde Bailey

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
-Gertrude Jekyll

“If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.”
-Bill Watterson

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
-May Sarton

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