Why we love getting our hands dirty in the garden
Here at Feel Good HQ, we've long loved getting into our garden, whether it's for an afternoon of pruning or a full day of digging. It seems obvious to us that time spent in our garden or allotment is beneficial for our health and well-being but we wanted to dig a bit deeper into what the research says about the benefits of gardening and growing your own food.
The health benefits of gardening and growing your own food.
Natural remedies using herbs and plants are as old as time itself, we have been using them to treat ailments (some more successfully than others) for centuries and we continue to use herbal medicine today (St Johns Wort for example). But what about the actual effects of spending time in nature and gardening? can these help us too?
Well, the evidence suggests that yes, gardening is beneficial to our mental and physical health. In 2021 the RHS released research that sought to track the health benefits of gardeners, and the research showed a 6.6% increase in well-being for those that garden daily versus those who had never gardened at all!
Established health benefits of gardening;
- Increasing physical activity can help with cardiovascular health and maintaining strength and agility.
- Spending time outdoors in gardens or allotments can help calm and restore our stress levels
- Growing food can give a deeper understanding of nutrient-dense food as well as the seasonality of foods.
- Being able to eat food grown locally is an improvement on a diet with lots of processed food.
- Gardening can be a social activity helping people who may otherwise feel isolated to feel connected to like-minded people.
- Gardening can help feed creativity, helping to keep our minds active and our brains ticking aw
Gardening to bring the family together.
Spending time in the garden with children or grandchildren is a great way to help improve our relationships as well promote a healthy lifestyle for our younger generation.
Time outside is time spent moving which can feel increasingly hard to make children do, by spending time away from screens and phones we can help ease anxieties, stress and the worry that children increasingly seem to struggle with.
Children can also take great satisfaction in learning and then watching plants or food grow before their very eyes; by building this understanding about food and where it comes from we can help promote healthy habits and a positive mindset towards the outdoors.
Commit yourself to more gardening and see the benefits for yourselves.
Why not make 2023 the year to commit to more time outside, even if it is just ensuring a walk or time sitting in your garden? You don't have to wait for a bright sunny day (as much as it helps) but ensure regular time outside tending to your garden to try and maximise the health benefits.
At Feel Good we have developed a range of polytunnels and cold frames that enhance your ability as a gardener by helping to protect and create the right environment for your veggies to get growing. A good polytunnel can ensure your season starts well ahead of everyone else's and last much longer, perfect for maximising as many hours outdoors as possible.
See our polytunnels and cold frames here;
Large Polytunnel 6m x 3mRegular price £229.99 GBPRegular priceUnit price per
3m Replacement Polytunnel Greenhouse Cover - Zip Door - Pre Order for JuneRegular price £64.99 GBPRegular priceUnit price per
4m Replacement Polytunnel Greenhouse Cover - Zip DoorRegular price £69.99 GBPRegular priceUnit price per
Large Vegetable PlanterRegular price £129.99 GBPRegular priceUnit price per
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Fantastic, smooth purchase, delivery, instructions and finish
The kennel came with instructions and it was fast to erect I had to erect it on my own it took about an hour and now my dog has some were safe to stay when she is in the garden and it's realy good quality I'm just as happy as the dog lol
This is a really great add on for either a rabbit house or in my case chicken run.
Easy to put together. And adfs adecent amout of space.
Really pleased with the hutch, our rabbit is very happy in it
Well designed and rot/rip-proof over many years.
Great sturdy polytunnel frame which has withstood some very high wind speeds over the course of the two years I have owned it. No rips on the plastic as with cheaper covers I have owned. The framework is very good quality with no rusting at the joints. Click joints meant I could put it together very quickly on my own. The polytunnel tether screw pins are very good quality and work well. The door was a little more tricky to put together (at least for me.) I realised I had had it attached on upside down and back to front for almost a year, so it didn't close properly and would shake open in the wind. I changed the door position and that no longer happens. The photograph of the finished frame on this website helped me to see the error I'd made. The polytunnel is now perfect!! The solid door is a great feature. No more broken zips.
Bought this cage after reading reviews and expected it to be very hard to put together yet good value for money. I found the cage reasonable to assemble although was handy to have a second person around for some of the bits. Overall well worth the money. Thank you
Didn't even know these covers existed until a friend mentioned about them. Happy as Larry.
Good but only last 2years even treating it
Excellent service with first class delivery agent
It fixes better than old one did and the price is great and good service from start to finish
I would like to know when will you be getting the BH01 replacement cover because mine got ripped by high winds
I have bought several items from this company and cannot praise them enough. Good sound products and the service and help they provide is second to none. Highly recommend.
Great quality product at a good price.