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Start a garden at home

Posted by Mirela Mendoza on

Now that we are spending so much time at home, I realize how often we take for granted the possibility to enjoy nature and its beauty. That's why I wanted to make a different activity with my kids and decided to start a little garden while we #StayHome. I believe that learning a new ability and being able to see something grow, will help us connect with nature and have fun along the way.

Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, good health it's more than feeling well? It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness. And a garden can help with all of that! You can enjoy the beauty of the result, the joy of connecting with nature, and of course, the relaxation involved in the process.

I also like that it's something everyone can do at home, even if you don't have a backyard or you have very little space. You can start with just a few plants either inside your home or in flower pots. Not convinced yet? Here are some benefits of gardening:

Reduces Stress

The sight, smells, and sounds of a garden promote relaxation and reduce stress.

Strengthens Family Bonds

The happiness and stress relief that gardening provides is a great thing to share with loved ones.

Increases the sensation of well-being

You surround yourself with beauty and it feels good to accomplish new tasks.

Encourages responsibility

You’ll have to take care of watering, fertilizing and weeding your crops.

Kids learn about nature

Gardening can teach a child where food comes from, and understand the importance of protecting the environment.

Helps you disconnect from technology

When your hands are full of dirt, you cannot hold a phone or other electronic devices.

What we did at home was start to germinate seeds, for this you’ll need:

  • Gardening Soil
  • Different types of seeds
  • Pots or cups
  • Gardening tools
  • Markers to identify your plants
  • A watering can

Remember to check how often you need to water your new plants and decide what you’d like to grow according to the type of weather in your city. We chose tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and hot peppers!

Take a chance, try something new and obtain a meaningful achievement for your efforts. This activity can also offer you fresh and healthy vegetables and herbs to cook with and the joy of seeing the plants nurture and bloom giving way to a little space full of nature in your home.

I’m eager to share updates on our garden soon!