Get out in the garden

Weeding and planting can offer a quiet time to get some headspace from the bustle of life

Gardening offers both physical and mental health benefits. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardening offers both physical and mental health benefits. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sun, Sep 8, 2013, 01:00

If you have a garden, why not get out and tend to it? You could be doing your health a favour too. The more strenuous end of gardening counts as physical activity, and weeding and planting can offer a quiet time to get some headspace from the bustle of life. Plus if you have the space and inclination to grow fruit and vegetables, you get the benefits of ultra-fresh fare to boot.

If you can recruit them to help out, children and grandchildren will also get an opportunity to learn about the biodiversity that buzzes, wriggles and grows in a garden, and they may also get a better appreciation of where food comes from.

The Bord Bia website offers some practical tips on the specifics of getting that garden growing.

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