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7 Gardening Resolutions for 2017

A new year always brings with it new resolutions. Most often, people tend to resolve to make changes for themselves, everything from getting in shape to getting out of debt.

But if you are eager to make some positive changes in 2017, don’t forget about your garden!

Whether you’ve made your own list or maybe you’re still thinking about it, these are just a start to get you thinking about even small improvements you can make in your garden that will also make a positive impact on your lifeand even the planet.

In the spirit of new beginnings and a fresh new outlook on 2017, these are seven gardening resolutions we’ve got in mind for the new year.

  • Plant native plants. They have the very best chance to thrive in local weather and soil conditions, which means they can also adapt to periods of stressful weather, such as drought or bitter cold. Even better, they attract native pollinators and birds.
  • Get serious about composting. You’ll get the benefit of reducing trash sent to the landfill, while helping build nutrient-rich soil in which your plants can thrive. Rather than using synthetic fertilizers, compost improves soil structure and water retention, and you can start small to get these big returns.
  • Reduce water usage. Conserve the water supply by making every drop count. Collect rainwater in barrels to use to fill up watering cans. Add a timer to your irrigation system so it doesn’t keep running if you forget to turn it off. Resolve to make little changes to work in harmony with nature!
  • Plant more herbs. Not only will this help you save money on grocery bills, but using fresh instead of dried will enhance to taste of the foods you cook. They’re easy to grow, and they add color and scent to your garden—or even small containers in your home or on your patio.
  • Take care of yourself. Gardening tasks sometimes involve a lot of repetitive motions. Save your muscles and joints by taking regular breaks or switch up your tasks often. Also consider labor-saving techniques, such as selecting disease-resistant plants and using ergonomic gardening tools.
  • Start gardening if you haven’t already! Gardening is good for you! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moderate exercise, such as gardening, can reduce the risk of many physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It’s proven to reduce depression, save money, translate into healthier eating and so much more. And if you’re ready to take your gardening to the next level, set your sights on a sunny spot in your yard and invest in a greenhouse!
  • Enjoy your garden more! If you’re already well-versed in all the benefits of gardening, resolve to enjoy it even more. Whether you take regular walks through it, stop and smell the flowers or even admire your handiwork, make time to cultivate gratitude for the little things—in and out of your garden—this year.

Have questions on how to make the most of your garden or even how to get started? Call us at 1-800-531-4769 and let our friendly representatives help you today or visit our website at www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com!

How Gardening Benefits Your Health

healthy new year resolution2016 is right around the bend, and, if you’re like many people, you’ll make some New Year’s resolutions.

Earlier this year, Nielsen released its data on the most commonly made resolutions for 2015.

According to their research, the most popular promises its respondents made to themselves were: to stay fit and healthy; lose weight; enjoy life to the fullest; spend less, save more; and learn something new or take up a new hobby.

But what does that have to do with gardening?

Multiple studies have confirmed that gardening holds many health benefits.

And, not only that, but many of those benefits are directly related to fulfilling some of those most popular resolutions that will likely be made very soon.

Here are just a few ways gardening can boost your health—and help you keep your New Year’s resolutions—in 2016:

  • Exercise: Getting in a good workout is something most people would agree they need. But it takes discipline to get to the gym or to run that extra mile. Gardening, however, can be much less strenuous and closer to home. Plus, the low-impact stretching it requires makes it accessible for many, even those with disabilities or chronic pain. The fact that it’s also a goal-oriented task makes it more likely that people will stick to it.
  • Better Diet: People often have the best of intentions when it comes to eating well. But when schedules get busy, it’s easy to fall into the fast-food trap. Tending to a garden of your own more often than not translates into a healthier diet. Homegrown fruits, veggies and herbs are the freshest foods you can eat—not to mention they can help save on the grocery bill. Studies have also shown that gardeners eat healthier food than their peers.
  • Stress Relief: Wanting to get more joy out of life is a common wish, but more responsibilities and more technological devices often demand more attention. And if that isn’t managed well—or if a much-needed break isn’t taken from time to time—it can result in more stress. Gardening helps direct one’s focus with its soothing, repetitive tasks, and research has proven that can help reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Stimulate Mood: Gardening’s ability to force one’s attention on the task at hand could do more than help relieve stress. Studies have shown that reconnecting with the soil—and getting in touch, literally—with the friendly bacteria there can alleviate depression. These bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, help increase the release of serotonin to the parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood.
  • Fight Disease: That mental and physical activity gardening provides may also help fight disease, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Scientists are hesitant to make a definitive claim, but two different studies showed that those who gardened compared to those who didn’t experienced up to an almost 50% reduced risk of dementia than those who didn’t. Another study pointed to lower risks of heart disease and stroke for those over 60.

To enjoy these and other benefits, now is a great time to consider taking up gardening. Even starting small with container or herb gardening can be a nice introduction to the field—or become the foundation to transition into something bigger.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses has the greenhouse supplies to get you started, whether you’re a beginning gardener or an accomplished grower. Visit www.GothicArchGreenhouses or call us toll-free at 1-800-531-4769 with any questions you may have. We wish you a new year blooming with happiness!