National Gardening week this year is celebrating home grown food, and encouraging everyone to grow something edible whether it is a pot of herbs on a balcony, or to create a community allotment full of fruit and vegetables.
Dietary Health Benefits of Edible Gardening
There are many health benefits to growing your own fruit and vegetables
- Better quality and fresher fruit and veg
- You and your family will be able to experiment with lots of new tastes and textures.
- With clever planting you could have a rainbow of fruit and veg available, ensuring you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.
- The vegetables and fruit you grow will be naturally ripened and therefore will be more nutritious
- You can decide how to deal with the bugs and pests, and to fertilise your soil so that you know what is feeding your plants, and therefore feeding you.
Mental & Physical Benefits Of Edible Gardening
- Your stress levels will reduce as you focus on your gardening and your plants, and your mind will be distracted from the stresses in your life.
- You can involve the whole family, and encourage an interest in a healthy approach to food, both growing it, preparing and cooking it.
- You will be more physically active increasing your muscle strength, flexibility, mobility and endurance.
- You can burn between 90 – 180 calories for every 30 mins you work.
How Osteopathy Can Help
If you are feeling stiff or achy before or after you start working in the garden and stretching exercises aren’t helping book an appointment online today so that we can help loosen you off and give you some individual advice so that you are ready to create a wonderful edible garden.