Article & Photo By: Zoe Kowalczyk
If you are in need of something to do this summer, gardening can not only help you destress but can also be a fun activity you can do by yourself or with a friend or family member. Gardening helps us get outside, connect our senses, and increases your mood and lowers stress levels, something we could all benefit from this summer.
When starting a vegetable, fruit, or any garden, planning what you want to plant and where you’re going to grow it is important. It is also necessary that you make sure you have enough room to plant everything you plan on growing. Some good plants to start out with are cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, spinach, strawberries and tomatoes. To prepare your soil, loosen it and dig a little hole. Giving the plants some sun and regularly watering them is a must as well.This gives the soil room to collect all the nutrients from the plant. Investing in garden tools can also be something you can look into. Tools might include a trowel, hand rake, gloves and a shovel.
Gardening has many physical and mental health benefits. It can help with anger, anxiety, and reduces stress levels too. It also is a good way to get outside and get Vitamin D, and physical activity as well. Not only can you start gardening as a hobby, but you can try different gardens as well. Flower gardens, water gardens ( a pond-like feature that holds plants ) butterfly gardens, and container gardens are all different types of gardens you can research, or attempt to grow yourself! Vegetable and fruit gardens are the most popular garden and are a great way to distract yourself from your screens.
When I asked Freshman Vice president Annika Sotak if she had ever planted a garden and if so, why should others, she said, “I have planted a garden, last summer my family and I planted one in our backyard. I would suggest others to plant a garden because it elevates your meals and brightens them up. It is also delicious when making pasta or anything!”
April is the best time to invest in a summer garden because it’s the season where everything is growing. Lowering stress and anxiety levels is something most people could benefit from this summer. Gardening takes spending time outside and turns it into something that could become a new hobby.