The Importance of Gardening
Gardening is a great way to keep busy during quarantine and provides many benefits, both to the environment and to the gardener. One major benefit is that plants take in carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and use it to produce oxygen. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere. The climate change crisis is the result of greenhouse gases being released, causing the rise in the average temperature of Earth's climate, leading to the ice caps melting, etc. Creating your own at-home garden can assist in reducing the amount of CO2in the atmosphere and certainly will help combat this crisis.
On top of there being environmental benefits, gardening is also beneficial to people because you have to be outside in the sun taking care of your plants. This exposes you to vitamin D, which increases your calcium levels and helps strengthen your bones and immune system.
Gardening can also be helpful on an emotional level. Being able to change and control a piece of land with whatever crops you would like to plant, as well as caring for those crops, gives many people a sense of calm and order. This practice may help one’s mental state, especially during this period of chaotic headlines about the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there are also more practical reasons for starting a garden during quarantine. You could potentially harvest delicious produce, which can be immediately enjoyed or easily pickled and preserved to enjoy year-round. Flowers are also beautiful additions to your yard and herbs, such as rosemary which does well in NorCal, are easy to plant to add extra flavor to your dishes. Gardening is an activity that can be done during these days of quarantine. One who partakes in gardening may see improvements in their overall mood while also contributing to the health of our environment.