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Gardening

2020 04 28 LSP 066

We are typically living increasingly busy lives. Though it seems we’re always on the go, we’re actually spending more time indoors in front of screens and less time in nature.

It’s important we find the time to get outside, surround ourselves with fresh air, trees and the sound of birds, and appreciate and connect with our natural world.

Gardening at home videos

Wellbeing SA, with thanks to the Adelaide Sustainability Centre, have developed some videos that will help you to dig deeper into what makes a garden tick and how you can get your hands dirty. The videos focus on:

Gardening is a great way to connect with green space and nature

Gardening can be a simple and very healthy hobby. It's not just about producing healthy food; gardening can also feed our body, mind and spirit.

Observing and exploring the mysteries of a garden ­– seeing seedlings emerge from the earth, getting your hands dirty, breathing fresh air and the feeling the rush of physical exertion – brings great physical and emotional benefits.

Gardening can:

  • reduce stress
  • bring a sense of calm and happiness
  • improve our health, nutrition and wellbeing.

Gardening is for everyone

Gardening is an activity anyone can enjoy. Perhaps you’re renting and unable to make permanent changes. You might be an older person or have mobility restrictions, or you may have limited time or money to invest.

But whether it’s utilising recycled containers as pots, making vertical or hanging balcony gardens, or planting easy-to-grow herbs and water-friendly native plants, there are creative solutions that allow anyone to get involved.

You may like to start by growing sprouts in a jar on your windowsill, or caring for indoor plants. Regardless of your circumstances – or even lack of a green thumb.

There are countless ways to connect to nature and help make the world a greener place.

Have you ever wondered:

  • What is soil and why does it make clothes dirty?
  • Why are worms so important anyway?
  • Where do birds sleep at night?
  • When should I feed my plants?

There's a never-ending story in your own backyard and observation is key to unlocking the plot!

The Department for Environment and Water have some useful resources for learning more about gardening, including a plant selector, local planting guides and fact sheets on bee and wildlife-friendly planting as well as growing your own food.

Libraries SA can also help you grow better connections with nature through their enormous range of gardening titles, available as physical books, ebooks, magazines and audiobooks.