A garden’s potential impact on your mental health

BINGHAMTON (WNBG) — As the weather continues to get warmer, Spring fever is spreading across the Southern Tier with many excited to get out and start working in the garden.

Unfortunately, it is not quite time to start digging just yet. According to Aleah Williams, the General Manager at W&W Nursery and Landscaping, people should wait until nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 40s to begin gardening.

She says too that waiting until the weather is in the 50s would be even better if you can wait!

Waiting a bit longer may result in beautiful flowers but there are also many other benefits of maintaining a garden, including those for your mental health.

Megan Morris of the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier says you can feel a sense of fulfillment in every step of the process from the planning of the garden to watching the plants grow.

Tending to the garden will not only give gardeners a sense of accomplishment but many physical and mental benefits.

Research has also shown a garden’s ability to help reduce the symptoms of dementia, explained Tara McPherson, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Tending to a garden can lead to a schedule or routine that could potentially help slow the progress of dementia.

If you do not have a green thumb or the space to have a garden, do not worry. There are plenty of indoor substitutions such as a plant kit or even a zen garden.

If you are struggling with mental health, help is available at the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

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