“When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think you will discover, as Ralph Waldo Emerson did, that digging in the garden has more benefits than just the produce that you grow. There is just something about getting your hands into the soil. All life, that we know, comes from the soil. So, it only makes sense that we would feel a connection with that soil.
The most obvious connect is with the healthy, great tasting food you get to enjoy from all your labor. If you grow your food organically, you are not only eating food that taste good, but food that will maintain and restore good health to your body.
It is a proven fact that conventionally grown food has far fewer nutrients in it than was present several years ago. And, organically grown food has much more of those nutrients than the conventionally grown food. More food value equals better health.
Another really big plus to working your garden is the sunshine and fresh air you are taking into your body. It has been determined that people are grossly deficient in vitamin D since all the media hype about staying out of the sun because of skin cancer. It seems that vitamin D fights skin cancer and a number of other health problems. Mankind has shot himself in the foot again.
Think about most people’s lifestyle. You work in an environment with noise, bad air and no exercise, with people who are giving off carbon all day long. You get in your car after it has been sitting in the sun all day long giving off toxins from the materials inside, drive down the highway filled with exhaust fumes and rush into a home that is expelling toxic fumes. You do not have a chance.
But, when you get home, change clothes and walk outside into your garden it is like someone moved you to another planet. The extra oxygen for the plants makes your feel good, the sun on your skin feels warm and is producing vitamin D, and that warm breeze lets your shoulders relax and you feel so good.
Just taking care of your garden goes a long way in keeping you fitter and healthier. There is work to be done in your garden, but it is enjoyable and rewarding.
After your work in the garden you feel relaxed and your soul seems to be a little more at peace. All people want in life, when it is distilled several layers deep, is to feel happy and at peace. Working outside and seeing something accomplished with your own hands gives you those feelings.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.