summer gardening

Sun & soil: why summer gardening is a wonderful idea

Summer in the garden is a dream for many Aussies. This is because the morning glow that illuminates the plants and gives them vitality is a joy to behold. Naturally, we’re not advocating toiling away in the midday sun on a 43 degree day, but getting out into the garden on a breezy summer morning is great for your health, happiness and, of course, the plants!

Summer is upon us and the sun is gifting our gardens with its vitamin goodness. With this in mind, here are some reasons why you should lather up the sunscreen, throw on a broad brim hat and get outside in your very own sunshine oasis:

  1. It’s great for your physical health

Gardening is great for your health at any age. It’s a wonderful way to get active in a calm and meditative manner. Kids to adults and older Aussies can all experience the wonderful health benefits that gardening provides us. Whether you’re pruning weeds, pruning trees or placing a gorgeous large plant in pot, you will be engaging in a fun and activity endeavour that creates gorgeous results.

Physical health benefits of gardening include:

  • Heart function
  • Burn calories
  • Improved strength & coordination
  • You can grow healthy food

And more. After all, being active in the backyard is an exercise itself, and what better time of year to enjoy this healthy outdoor exercise than a gorgeous summer’s morning?

  1. It’s great for your mental health, too!

Gardening is one of those truly relaxing activities that make us appreciate the natural things in life. Whether you’re planting a delightful rose bush, tending to the ferns or planting a new veggie patch, there is always something truly meditative and relaxing about this fabulous outdoor activity. It comes with a range of mental health benefits that improve our happiness and significantly reduce stress levels (a great thing after the silly season stress!).

Mental health benefits of summer gardening include:

  • Increased Vitamin D intake for happiness
  • Stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Reduce symptoms of depression & anxiety

And more. If you’ve been looking for the perfect sunny day activity to help alleviate some of 2023’s stresses and usher in a year of cool and calm, then perhaps getting into the backyard is the perfect idea!

  1. Grow delicious seasonal produce

Many Aussies dream of becoming at least somewhat self-sufficient. Naturally, the perfect place to start is through creating your own vibrant fruit and veggie patch. Thankfully, the Aussie sun is perfect for growing wonderful season produce, with a massive roster of fruit and veg perfect for growing at this time of the year. What’s more, growing your own fruit and veg is one of the best ways to ensure that you are eating produce that is largely chemical-free and truly healthy to enjoy!

Ideal fruit and vegetables to grow at this time of year include:

  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Nectarines
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips,
  • Zucchini
  • Melons
  • Corn
  • Sweet potato

And much, much more. It’s so exciting knowing that there is such a gorgeous and colourful array of healthy fruit and vegetables to grow at this time of year. And, with a little effort, you can be sure that your pantry will be replete with some of the best year-round produce before moving on to an autumn growing schedule.

So, the silly season is just about upon us and the indulgence about to be had. But don’t forget some healthy physical activity in the form of gardening – it’s a wonderful way to balance out any Christmas decadence with mindful, physical activity!