Gardening is Good Therapy©

Written by Valerie Giles

Many of us garden just forrepparttar sheer joy of it. But did you know that all overrepparttar 144440 countryrepparttar 144441 healing aspects of gardening are being used as therapy or as an adjunct to therapy?

Although this might sound like a new concept, garden therapy has been around for decades. For example,repparttar 144442 Garden Therapy Program at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, and in regional hospitals in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Rome, Thomasville and Savannah, has been helping people for over 40 years through gardening activities known as social and therapeutic horticulture.

So what exactly is social and therapeutic horticulture (or garden therapy)?

  According torepparttar 144443 article “Your future starts here: practitioners determinerepparttar 144444 way ahead” from Growth Point (1999) volume 79, pages 4-5, horticultural therapy isrepparttar 144445 use of plants by a trained professional as a medium through which certain clinically defined goals may be met. “…Therapeutic horticulture isrepparttar 144446 process by which individuals may develop well-being using plans and horticulture. This is achieved by active or passive involvement.”

Althoughrepparttar 144447 physical benefits of garden therapy have not yet been fully realized through research,repparttar 144448 overall benefits are almost overwhelming. For starters, gardening therapy programs result in increased elf-esteem and self-confidence for all participants.

  Social and therapeutic horticulture also develops social and work skills, literacy and numeric skills, an increased sense of general well-being andrepparttar 144449 opportunity for social interaction andrepparttar 144450 development of independence. In some instances it can also lead to employment or further training or education. Obviously different groups will achieve different results.

Groups recovering from major illness or injury, those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health problems, older people, offenders and those who misuse drugs or alcohol, can all benefit fromrepparttar 144451 therapeutic aspects of gardening as presented through specific therapy related programs. In most cases, those that experiencerepparttar 144452 biggest impact are vulnerable or socially excluded individuals or groups, includingrepparttar 144453 ill,repparttar 144454 elderly, and those kept in secure locations, such as hospitals or prisons.

One important benefit to using social and therapeutic horticulture is that traditional forms of communication aren’t always required. This is particularly important for stroke patients, car accident victims, those with cerebral palsy, aphasia or other illnesses or accidents that hinder verbal communication. Gardening activities lend themselves easily to communicative disabled individuals. This in turn builds teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence, while encouraging social interaction.

  Another group that clearly benefits from social and therapeutic horticulture are those that misuse alcohol or substances and those in prison. Teaching horticulture not only becomes a life skill for these individuals, but also develops a wide range of additional benefits.

How to Grow a Pineapple

Written by Linda Paquette

The first thing you need to grow a pineapple is a pineapple. The pineapple (ananas comosus) is a bromeliad; in fact, one ofrepparttar few in its family that is edible. However,repparttar 144302 fruit of an unripe pineapple is poisonous and will irritate both your mouth and throat. Evenrepparttar 144303 ripe fruit ofrepparttar 144304 houseplant pineapple is not nearly as luscious and sweet as that grown inrepparttar 144305 sands ofrepparttar 144306 tropics; still,repparttar 144307 pineapple is a striking, interesting, and unusual plant to add to your collection.

The pineapple is a biennial. The first year it produces leaves andrepparttar 144308 second year it producesrepparttar 144309 flowering stalk that becomesrepparttar 144310 fruit. Actually,repparttar 144311 pineapple flower becomesrepparttar 144312 popular fruit. A small leaf-like cluster produces up to 200 dagger shaped bracts that arerepparttar 144313 flowers. These flowers have immature ovaries that are called inflorescences. Each ovary turns into a seedless berry,repparttar 144314 berries fuse together into one unit:repparttar 144315 multiple fruit or sorosis we callrepparttar 144316 pineapple.

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