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‘Green’ nurturing boosts your mental health!

Gardening and being around plants can be a form of therapy and is associated with positive emotions, self-esteem and hope.  The process of planting and nurturing plants can give people a sense of purpose and once the plants are thriving, a sense of achievement too.

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Did you know, just spending 5 minutes a day working on your garden can boost your outdoorphins?

 “Yes outdoorphins really are a thing!  These microbes release the same feelings of happiness and energy as endorphins but they are found in soil*.  Outdoorphins work as an antidepressant and are scientifically proven to lift moods and combat negative emotion.”

Mindfulness Benefits

Spending time in the garden gives us the chance to escape the TV, our smartphones and laptops.  A study in the UK showed that just 5 minutes in a green environment (like your garden) reduces depression in 71% of participants.

Physical Benefits

No matter your age, working up a sweat in the garden is a fantastic way to get vital exercise for your heart.  Mowing the lawn with a hand-push lawn mower, tending to weeds and planting gives combined stretching and reaching movements toning muscles and help improve balance, dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

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Now is the perfect time for planting!

Autumn is actually the best time of the year to be planting in the garden. The ground is still warm and moisture levels are up – the perfect conditions for root establishment. By giving plants the best opportunity to put down their roots in autumn, you’ll be rewarded with strong, healthy plant growth as outside temperatures begin to rise come spring.

See our ‘how to’ guide with expert tips on adding a splash of colour this season.

Autumn is also the perfect time to plant Spring bulbs. Pick up our ‘plant now for spring colour’ leaflet in-store.

 

 What can you do indoors?

It has been proven that bringing plants in into your home can improve motivation, reduce stress and reduce noise levels. They also help reduce sickness whilst cleaning the air.

Nurturing indoor plants can be as fulfilling as getting outside and there is nothing better than seeing your plant flourish and grow while adding to the overall beauty of your home.

Here we list some of our favourite houseplants including wonderful air purifying plants featured on the NASAs best air cleaning houseplant list:

Aloe – Fantastic air purifying properties

Chamedorea (Parlour Palm) – A fantastic easy to care for palm

Chlorophytum (Spider Plant) – Great to brighten up those shelves of files

Crassula (Money Plant) – Easy to care for in bright light

Dracaena (Dragon Tree) – A great specimen plant for the office that has air purifying properties too

Philodendron – So many varieties will fit great into office spaces

Sansevieria (Snake Plant) – The easiest of all to care for with great air purifying properties

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) – Great for a shadier spot

Succulents – Great for creating a collection along the windowsill

Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant) – Easy to care for and loves bright light or shade

Our Top Ten Air Purifying plants that literally clean the air – can be found here.

 

 

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