Gardeners are well aware of the benefits of having a garden. It relaxes, saves your money by growing fresh produce at home, and even provides a healthy amount of physical exercise.
Studies have confirmed gardening as one of the most beneficial habits one can have, and here are some of its benefits:
-- Gardening lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks by up to 30% for people older than 60
-- Spending at least 10 minutes during midday gardening will provide enough vitamin D to lower the risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and various cancers
-- Boosts the immune system
-- Horticultural therapy has been found o be of great help in the case of depression and other mental illnesses
-- Gardening will strengthen hand muscles and improve hand dexterity
-- Researchers have found that gardening relieves stress and improves self-esteem and mood, by lowering cortisol levels
-- Daily gardening is extremely beneficial in the reduction of the risk of dementia, improves brain health, and prevents Alzheimer’s disease
-- It improves learning and problem-solving skills and enhances sensory awareness
-- The “friendly” soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae found in garden dirt and absorbed by inhalation or ingestion on vegetables relieves the symptoms of allergies, asthma, and psoriasis
However, some of you might believe that you need special conditions in order to enjoy these advantages, and might not know that you can grow your own fruits and vegetables from scraps, right on the kitchen counter!
Here are 20 plants you can regrow at home:
Burry the ginger roots in some soil, and they will soon sprout.
Place it in a container with a little water somewhere close to a window, and the new leaves will appear very quickly.
Leave carrot tops in a container with shallow water, and they will soon sprout.
You can grow your own lemons in the garden from the seeds of organic lemons.
Use the leftover crown to grow your pineapples at home.
Grow basil cuttings in a container with water, and transfer them to a pot as soon as they sprout roots.
You will need a few tomato seeds and some seed- starting potting soil, and as they start to grow, replant them from pots to the garden.
Leave the spare turnip tops in a container, with a bit of water, for 4 days, and as soon as they sprout, move them to the garden.
Trim the rosemary cuttings and plant them in a suitable soil.
Store the sprouted garlic cloves in a glass of water, and grow your new ones.
Keep the mint cuttings in water, and as soon as they sprout, transfer them into the soil.
Place a celery bottom in a container with water, and it will soon sprout into a new plant.
And peel off the eyes of a spud and grow many potatoes by burying them in a few inches of soil.
Bell peppers and spicy pepper variants will easily grow in a sunny spot in the house and the garden.
You will need an avocado pit in order to grow an entire avocado tree, but you will need at least five years.
- Scallions (Green Onions)
The scallions will regrow easily in a glass with little water.
Use the stalks and stems of mushrooms, but make sure you provide them with humid, warm environment and special bedding.
Use the root end of the onions to plant them in soil and get whole new vegetables.
- Sweet Potatoes
Use the “slips,” slim, green shoots that grow on the potatoes to sprout new sweet potatoes.
Place the bottom from a head of cabbage in a container with a little water in a sunny spot, and you will have new leaves in a few days.