8 Ways a Garden Can Help Keep Your Resolution on Track

Right about now is the time that most people give up on their New Year's resolutions. What started out as an exciting attempt at personal improvement has become a chore and you weren't really that bad before, and it wouldn't be the worst thing if you just decided to put off the new you until next year...

Not so fast! Resolutions can be easily salvaged by the simple act of gardening. No matter what your goals are, we can help you stay on track.

1. Looking to reduce the stress in your life? Studies suggest that the act of gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities. The natural environment and soothing repetition put you in a calm, almost meditative state proven to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress.

2. Need to exercise more? Gardening requires daily activity. Getting out into the garden every day is essential for the plants and an easy way for you to get moving.

3. Looking to spend less money? Once you have your garden started, growing your own produce is less expensive than buying it at your local supermarket. There are initial costs to set up a garden, but in the long run, growing organic is a lot less expensive than buying organic.

4. Are you trying to spend more time with your loved ones? Involving friends and family adds accountability to your resolution efforts. Make gardening a team effort and share the fun!

5. Looking to get healthy? Growing your own healthy foods makes eating even more satisfying. The anticipation builds as the vegetables grow, and when you finally get to harvest and cook your veggies, eating healthy becomes something to look forward to.

6. Do you need a way to brighten your day? Along with reducing stress, studies have shown that gardening may help improve depression symptoms. Researchers suggest that the novelty of gardening along with more solid discoveries of beneficial bacteria commonly found in soil can naturally make you feel better. 

7. Want to learn something new? Gardening is a never-ending fountain of knowledge. Whether you have never gardened before or you are a seasoned pro, there is always a new varietal or technique to learn about.

8. Would you like to meet new people? Talk to your local gardening shops. Join a local gardening club. Like-minded people are out there!

If you let it, gardening can be a life-changing experience. It's a simple and quite enjoyable solution to a lot of life's issues. If you have any questions, let us know! 

Marley HutchinsonAvalow