Gardening is Good Therapy©

Written by Valerie Giles

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Social and therapeutic horticultures gives these individuals a chance to participate in a meaningful activity, which produces food, in addition to creating skills relating to responsibility, social skills and work ethic.

  The same is true for juvenile offenders. Gardening therapy, as vocational horticulture curriculum, can be a tool to improve social bonding in addition to developing improved attitudes about personal success and a new awareness of personal job preparedness.

The mental benefits don’t end there. Increased abilities in decision-making and self-control are common themes reported by staff in secure psychiatric hospitals. Reports of increased confidence, self-esteem and hope are also common in this environment.

Prison staff have also noticed that gardening therapy improvesrepparttar social interaction ofrepparttar 144440 inmates, in addition to improving mutual understanding between project staff and prisoners who shared outdoor conditions of work.

  It’s interesting that studies in both hospitals and prisons consistently list improving relationships between participants, integrating withrepparttar 144441 community, life skills and ownership as being some ofrepparttar 144442 real benefits to participants.

But in addition to creating a myriad of emotional and social benefits,repparttar 144443 health benefits of being outdoors, breathing in fresh air and doing physical work cannot be overlooked. In most studies, participants noted that fresh air, fitness and weight control where prime benefits that couldn’t be overlooked.

  Although unable to pin down a solid reason, studies have shown that human being posses an innate attraction to nature. What we do know, is that being outdoors creates feelings of appreciation, tranquility, spirituality and peace. So it would seem, that just being in a garden setting is in itself restorative. Active gardening only heightens those feelings.

  With so many positive benefits to gardening, isn’t it time you got outside and started tending to your garden? Next time you are kneeling in fresh dirt to pull weeds or plant a new variety of a vegetable or flower, think aboutrepparttar 144444 tranquility you feel while being outdoors in your garden. Letrepparttar 144445 act of gardening sooth and revitalize you. Soak uprepparttar 144446 positive benefits of tending to your own garden.

If you have someone in your life that could benefit from garden therapy, contact your local health unit to find out more about programs in your area. Not only willrepparttar 144447 enjoyment of gardening help bond you together, but it will also create numerous positive mental and physical benefits for both of you.

So get gardening today for both your physical and mental health. You’ll enjoyrepparttar 144448 experience so much that you’ll immediately thank yourself.

Valerie Giles operates the Grow Your Own Garden Website which focuses on gardening products, flower and vegetable seeds, atio furniture and garden accessories. Everything you need for the gardening season.

How to Grow a Pineapple

Written by Linda Paquette

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So how do you grow a pineapple?

To grow a pineapple, purchase a whole one at your local grocery. Cut offrepparttar top, making sure your cut contains some ofrepparttar 144302 fruit. Let this dry inrepparttar 144303 sun for a couple of days. When this plug has “hardened off”, plantrepparttar 144304 top fruit side down. Coverrepparttar 144305 plug only enough to make sure it is firmly seated in your pot. Waterrepparttar 144306 plant weekly until it is established; then water only whenrepparttar 144307 sand is dry to your touch.

One ofrepparttar 144308 interesting parts of growing pineapple plants is that they absorb nutrients and moisture through their leaves more than through their roots. When you water a pineapple plant, pourrepparttar 144309 water intorepparttar 144310 vase-like center ofrepparttar 144311 leaves. Alternatively, you can mistrepparttar 144312 leaves with a spray bottle, concentratingrepparttar 144313 spray nearrepparttar 144314 center ofrepparttar 144315 plant, but continuing untilrepparttar 144316 surrounding sand is damp.

Linda is an author of Gardening Tips Tricks and Howto's  of Gardening Guides and the Lawn Care section of the Lawnmower Guide.

Linda writes and inspire you to try new ideas from her own experience.

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