Benefits of Gardening
1. Exposure to vitamin D. Vitamin D increases calcium levels, which benefits your bones and immune system. A 2014 Italian study, published on the National Institutes of Health website, found that exposure to sunlight helped older adults achieve adequate serum vitamin D levels. (De Rui et al.)
2. Decreased dementia risk. A 2006 study found that gardening could lower risk of dementia by 36 percent. Researchers tracked more than 2,800 people over the age of 60 for 16 years and concluded that physical activity, particularly gardening, could reduce the incidence of dementia in future years. (Simons et al.)
3. Mood-boosting benefits. A study in the Netherlands, cited by CNN, suggests that gardening fights stress even better than other hobbies. (Brennan)
4. Enjoyable aerobic exercise. Gardening is a great form of aerobic exercise; plus, you might become so engrossed in your work that you don’t even realize you’re breaking a sweat. Pulling weeds, reaching for various plants and tools, and twisting and bending as you plant will work new muscles in your body and help with strength, stamina, and flexibility. (Hayes)
5. Helps combat loneliness. After retirement, many people struggle with fewer socialization opportunities, and community gardens can be a fun way to engage with others while providing benefits to neighborhoods. (Hayes)
Brennan, Dan. “How Gardening Can Improve Mental Health.” WebMD, 25 October 2021, https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/how-gardening-affects-mental-health. Accessed 19 November 2022.
De Rui, Marina, et al. “Vitamin D deficiency and leisure time activities in the elderly: are all pastimes the same?” PubMed, 10 April 2014, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24722592/. Accessed 19 November 2022.
Hayes, Kim. “5 Health Benefits of Gardening and Planting.” AARP, 14 June 2017, https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/health-benefits-of-gardening-fd.html. Accessed 19 November 2022.
Simons, Leon A., et al. “Lifestyle factors and risk of dementia: Dubbo Study of the elderly.” Pubmed.gov, PMID, 16 1 2006, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16411871/. Accessed 19 11 2022.
What is an example of a plant process?
Fundamental processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, plant nutrition, plant hormone functions, tropisms, nastic movements, photoperiodism, photomorphogenesis, circadian rhythms, environmental stress physiology, seed germination, dormancy and stomata function and transpiration, both parts of plant water relations