Digging in the Dirt

Gardening benefits the gardener nutritionally, since those who make the time and have the energy and patience to grow food tend to eat that food. Mother Nature’s buffet offers no junk. To know a gardener who sells from their outdoor aisles or shares the excess from crowded rows benefits the rest of us. The less time from harvest possible and the least distance from the dirt feasible, the greater the health benefits for all of us.

Did you know, though, that a gardener benefits in ways unrelated to all those vitamins and minerals in that outdoor buffet? Being out in the fresh air and sunshine is a definite mood lifter. Communing with the Creator with hands in the dirt clears the mind, if only briefly, of worries and fears, thus offering a medication-free option to manage depression. Gardening can be a great stress-reducer.

There are obvious physical benefits from all that digging, bending, stretching and lifting, helping to increase or maintain strength and agility. Movement is a motivator and benefits the body as well as the brain.

Even so, reading that those who garden regularly have a reduced risk of developing dementia


About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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