Gardening is one of the best ways to exercise your soul. Not only is it a physical workout, but a way to express your creativeness and give back to the environment through your garden. With Valentine's Day this month, the focus on your heart is even more special. It's important to have a hobby that makes you feel happy and alive. Gardening allows you to start with a clean canvas and grow something remarkable. This can be flowers or vegetables, but whatever you choose, it results in a beautiful plant.
Giving back to the environment and taking care of the earth are not only important for our world, but for ourselves. What we do every day positively or negatively impacts our world as well as our bodies. When we make healthy decisions, we are living healthy lives. When we make unhealthy decisions, we will lead unhealthy lives.
Gardening has a huge role in this. Not only in regards to the environment, but in the food we consume as well. Growing your own vegetables and fruits can allow you to have better nutrition while keeping out the middleman. You are in charge of the chemicals, pesticides, etc., that you use on your food. You don't have to use any, if you choose. You can have healthy, organic food for a lot less money than you spend at the grocery store, right in your own backyard.
With Valentine's Day this month, we at Park Seed are focusing on heart healthy foods. Legumes like beans, lentils, and peas are an outstanding source of protein without all the fat that meat contains. Tomatoes and potatoes are also high in heart healthy potassium. Broccoli, spinach, and kale give your heart an extra boost since they are loaded with antioxidants and help rid your body of potentially harmful compounds. These greens contain numerous amounts of vitamins and nutrients along with some omega-3 fatty acids.
Avocado is one of the trendiest fruits right now and helps lower heart disease factors like cholesterol. They are also high in antioxidants like broccoli, spinach, and kale. Another heart healthy fruit is pomegranate. Cut open this beautiful fruit and pop some seeds in your mouth to help blood flow to your heart. This rich red color is perfect for Valentine's Day.
Along with all the delicious foods you can grow in your garden, gardening also helps relieve stress and anxiety. Taking care of a plant helps you grow as a person and helps your mental health. Burn some calories and drip some sweat while tilling up your soil to plant this spring. It's a favorite hobby for people of all ages and is a great way to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you already garden, try some new flowers and vegetables this year. If you are new to gardening, check out our blogs on parkseed.com for tips and tricks to get started!
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By Kimberly Toscano, Encore Azaleas,
Photographs courtesy of Encore Azaleas
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