Gardening and Health

  1. Pop Veg – Creating a Veg Patch with a Raised Bed

    Pop Veg – Creating a Veg Patch with a Raised Bed

    Who would have thought that a major hit in 2005 by pop-combo Westlife could be attributed to your back garden veg plot? Oh yes, I can exclusively reveal that the song ‘You Raise Me Up’ (you know the one - big ballad type affair perfect at weddings and maybe even funerals?) was inspired by the grow-your-own movement and the use of raised beds. I know it’s hard to believe, and may even shatter many emotional memories, but in these days of fake news, anything goes.  And apologies if the song is now in your head or you’ve had to look it up.  

    vegetable patches in raised beds

    And cue piano…

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  2. How gardening can boost your serotonin levels

    How gardening can boost your serotonin levels

    There's been quite a lot of discussion regarding depression and serotonin levels in recent years. Serotonin, the chemical in our brains responsible for mood regulation and overall emotional balance, is often linked to depression when levels fall out of a healthy range and can sometimes require chemical boosting in order to restore more healthy numbers. However, there has been promising research suggesting gardening can help boost these levels naturally.

    Mycobacterium Vaccae

    Mycobacterium vaccae are a family of harmless bacteria that live within the soil. These bacteria are responsible for normal soil functioning and ensure vegetation is able to grow within their conditions. However, studies published in the Neuroscience journal of March, 2007 suggest that being exposed to these bacteria can help alleviate many common ailments and trigger serotonin production to help combat depression.

    However, arguments exist on how exactly these bacteria are

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  3. How to reduce stress by gardening

    How to reduce stress by gardening

    Gardening is a productive hobby to have and can lead to your outdoor areas looking spectacular, plus it can also be very good for your health. It has been found to act almost like a type of therapy and it can be very useful in reducing stress. This is a relatively well-known phenomenon, but the extent to which it can improve people’s lives is generally underestimated.

    The paper ‘Health, well-being and social inclusion: therapeutic horticulture in the UK’, by Joe Sempik et al., sets out the results of a study into the effect of gardening as a form of health and social care. The study found that a lot of the people participating in the social gardening projects appreciated having a routine and a structure to their day and they also enjoyed being able to spend time outside, taking part in a physical activity. Part of this was attributed to the f

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