This Stay-Home Culture Gives me an Opportunity to Enjoy the Plantita Lifestyle, and why it is good for you too!

gardening as a lifestyle
If there is one positive to come out of the coronavirus restrictions, it is that many of us rediscovered (or simply realized) the joy of gardening. We might have been confined to home but whether it was planting a veggie garden or tending to indoor plants, we were “getting our green on”. 

And all of it is good for the soul, according to scientists, who say pottering about with plants improves happiness and emotional wellbeing as much as cycling, walking, or eating out.

A Princeton University study found that running or sports may provide more physical exertion, but gardening works better as an emotional pick-me-up.




gardening as a lifestyle


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Here are six top reasons why gardening is good for you.

You will breathe easier
Those living in apartments/condominiums or townhouses can rest easy – you are not missing out. The clever folk at NASA discovered indoor plants do more than add oxygen to our environment, they can also help remove toxins. So much so that when researching the potential of life on Mars, NASA looked seriously at the possibility of using plants as natural air conditioning units. In an average 4m x 5m room, one plant can make your air 25% cleaner and five plants can make your air up to 75% cleaner, according to horticulture initiative Plant Life Balance.

gardening as a lifestyle

Helps with Fitness (goodbye corona kilos!)
Aside from being relaxing and rewarding, gardening can help you lose weight and get a full-body workout. Handy if you have gained a few corona kilos. This is because it encourages the use of many motor skills, improves endurance and strength, and keeps you moving. According to the researchers from Harvard University, half an hour of weeding can burn up to 582kJ.


It is a Mood Booster
Gardening is an activity that brings pleasure and a sense of achievement. It can also be a self-soothing or distraction technique to help us cope with negative emotions like fear, sadness, and anger. Creating opportunities to experience joy and accomplishment can help us elevate our mood. 




You will connect with Nature
Before COVID-19 we were probably too busy being busy to pay attention to the natural beauty around us. Attracting local wildlife is just one of the many benefits of having a good garden. It is lovely to see birds and bees visiting your garden!

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Meet the Neighbors
Most of us had the chance to get outside, which meant chatting with neighbors. My neighbors always appreciate my garden, and even during my weeding days. Having a nice garden gives a good impression to your community. Plants give a welcoming and warm appeal to others which helps us to connect more to people. 

Eat your greens
Growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs will encourage you to eat seasonally, add more variety to your diet, encourage you to prepare homemade healthy dishes, and learn to appreciate fresh produce. Do not expect immediate results, because establishing an edible garden is a long-term project – but well worth the effort if you want to give it a go!

gardening as a lifestyle

gardening as a lifestyle

gardening as a lifestyle
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46 comments :

  1. Gardening is indeed a mood booster! It reminds us of our connection to nature, and helps us focus on the bigger picture.

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  2. You have a lovely garden. I am also fond of flowers and plants. Have a terrace garden in my apartment.

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    1. W have a small space at the back of the house, which I am thinking to build my own mini vegetation.

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  3. I love gardening with the kids. It helps them understand where our food comes from.

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  4. It's cold where I am but I just started buying indoor plants for the first time and I love it!

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    1. Yes, I did start having indoor plants. You can also have a makeshift nursery for your little vegetables.

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  5. Gardening has been big for me in self-isolation too! It's been a long 9 months.

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    1. I'm glad that you are enjoying gardening, and making it part of your lifestyle. When things get back to normal, how gardening still be there.. you are now creating a new norm for yourself :)

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  6. I like the idea of meeting my neighbors through a hobby. I like to try my hand in planting, too, but I think I will plant vegetables for practical reasons.

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    1. Vegetables are my next project! Good thing I have an Aussie grandma who will guide me to start. Yes, it is lovely to meet neighbors through gardening, especially when your neighbor had an amazing plants that are expensive in the shops, lol.

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  7. woow...absolutely spotted on & you really have green fingers, love how you grow your plants, so so lovely. I own a water money plants only, but on my office desk which I used to water it every morning when I arrived office. However guess my plant already died by now, have been months I did'nt water it due to lockdown & unable to be back to my office. So so sad when think about it...sigh... :( Gonna shop for a new plant when lockdown ended then. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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    1. I can relate to you, also got money tree on my office desk that I received as a gift.. now it is dead. Oh I was heartbroken. When we moved into our current house, I also brought all my potted plants from the previous house. I will never leave them!

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  8. Really nice post! I bought an indoor plant this fall and I like how it helps me to remember to be present and to connect with nature. It helps me see the world a little differently!

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    1. My plants helps me to relax, and relieves my headache.

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  9. I love the idea of planting your own garden so you can get fresh vegetables right from home!

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    1. Yes, it is a very relaxing activity. plus gives you fresh food on your table.

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  10. I am no Plantita, but I do see a lot of my friends becoming Plantitos and Plantitas during the pandemic. The pandemic has indeed brought the good with the bad.

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    1. That is true, and it is the least that we can do in order for us to start to move forward, and found our own greenlight :)

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  11. Gardening can be so relaxing! If I had the time I'd love to have a garden inside my house and outside.

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    1. That is true. Leaving here in the regional area gave me an opportunity to enjoy gardening. Work doesn't complicate things coz it is all online.

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  12. I have done more yard work this year because of the quarantine. It's so nice to get in the yard and see the satisfying results.

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  13. I want to garden so badly! I live in florida and have a sandy backyard so it makes things a little more challenging

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    1. I agree. You need to get premix soil then and make your on bedding soil.

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  14. wow, I'm jelly, it's so beautiful .. you are handy!

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  15. This stay at home period has afforded me with many opportunities but the one thing I miss is spending time with my plants. I really need to reconnect with nature closer to home. Reading your article is a good reminder that I should do so sooner rather than later.

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  16. Plants are a great way to improve the quality of the air in your home. It helps with relaxation as well.

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  17. You've completely sold me on this idea of having plants, or at least flowers, in the house. I would be getting a few this Christmas. Thanks

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    1. Get something that is low maintenance, that is a great start!

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  18. I love gardening and plants, but I live in an apartment. And even though I could have indoor plants, my cat keeps destroying them :D Love the photos; they look stunning!

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    1. awww that is strange! My cat never bothers my plants. But she did love to lounge on my fabrics.

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  19. Agree about plants around the house but we prefer to have none inside since it withers and die (3x we tried), however we love to see greens all around.. these plants have purpose too like taking out stress, minimize radiation and plain display. Just wondering why some plants are so expensive though? Anyway, thank you so much for sharing here, love this one for sure

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    1. You can have a Chinese bamboo and peace lily. These plants grows in the water, and they are low maintenance.

      About the plant costs, some of them are expensive - the source and scarcity of the plant adds to the costs. Another factor is the logistic costs (and import taxes!) especially when it is from other countries.

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  20. I used to love gardening with my grandma. She mostly grew flowers, but did have some basil plants and a blueberry bush. It was a lot of fun and something kids enjoy.

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    1. My Aussie grandma also loves gardening, and she got her vegetable beds!

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  21. I don't have my own garden - and in all honesty, I doubt it could cheer me up; this year has been far too rotten.

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    1. aww cheer-up! If you keep yourself lurking in sadness, you will only wasting your valuable time in the dark. And I guess you don't want to grow old remembering those dark times.

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  22. Gardening must be so nice! I never tried it myself, because I live in the apartment in the city but I do enjoy greenery in the local park (main source of joy and fun during the pandemic). By the way, I love your dress!

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    1. Oh yes, local parks are always a joy! Sometimes, I do check the volunteers on how they maintain these many public parks.

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  23. I feel like this post is for me! In an ideal world I see myself surrounded by plants everywhere. It's amazing that there is actually a Princeton University study on the impacts of gardening too. You present some very valid points.

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  24. You have a beautiful yard. I want more plants in and outside my house. It brings me joy to look at something beautiful while working or sitting outside on my porch.

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