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Monday, March 23, 2015

GARDENERS BELIEVE IN TOMORROW

Studies have shown that gardening is linked to a longer and higher quality of life in people over the age of 60.


When I saw this today, I wondered why this was true, and then it hit me that gardeners are planning for a future. They are planning that in a month or two they will be harvesting food for their tables, that soon they will be enjoying a garden of beautiful flowers, or that in a few years they will be able to sit in the shade of a newly planted tree. 


Beyond the sheer joy of digging in the dirt and enjoying the sights, smells, and feel of nature, gardeners are believing in a future, a future that they plan to be a part of. Older gardeners feel younger and less tired than their contemporaries who don't garden. That right there is enough to make me want to get out and dig in the dirt. 


My extended family owns the oldest florist and greenhouses here. As a child, my grandfather taught me all about digging in the dirt, about planting flowers, and about watching them flourish. He was planting flowers right up until his early 90's. I wonder if he knew that his occupation and the love he had for gardening were contributing to his longevity. I'll never know the answer to that, but I do know that he was a very happy man. 

Spring is here. Get out and dig in the dirt. The earth and your body will thank you.


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29 comments:

  1. My little grandson was rooting in the drawers yesterday looking for something and came across a bag of hyacinth bean seeds. He'd harvested them and forgot all about them by now and got SO excited and wanted to make sure that later on I did not plant them but let HIM do it 'with my hands,Oma" :)

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    1. hat is so sweet, and I love that you are passing the love of gardening down. :)

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  2. there's an older woman in the area, here, that i admire a great deal. her home is very old and falling apart, but her yard has the best blooms and blooming trees. and she plants an amazing vegetable garden every year. bless her and may she keep going a long time.

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    1. What a wonderful story. Sounds like she definitely has her priorities straight.

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  3. Since we changed out our patio furniture to a smaller set that's more in line with our lifestyle, there is so much more room around my plants that line the patio (we are in a townhome), and I'm actually enjoying the early spring stages of replanting, and keeping the weeds at bay. Who knew? LOL

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    1. I love this time of year for replanting. I find that I get a lot more joy from a garden than I do from the patio furniture. :)

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  4. I'll be sure to share this with my husband so it will motivate him to start our vegetable garden soon. LOL! It certainly makes sense that gardeners could live longer. It can be relaxing and therapeutic. And if you're eating what you grow it's certainly healthier.

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    1. You are definitely healthier eating what you grow, Kelly. I hope your husband gets busy on that vegetable garden :)

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  5. I never ever thought of it in this way but you're right, I agree,

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    1. It really is a pretty easy concept when you think about it. As I love to dig in the dirt, it works for me. :)

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  6. Lovely, Laura! When we bought our home in a tract development, we planted all of the landscaping and gardens...thinking someday. 30 years later, we have 40 foot trees and our grandchildren play in our mature yard...the future, indeed.

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    1. I love that your grandchildren are enjoying your trees, Linda.

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  7. I do believe that, Laura. However, right now we would be digging through snow, ice and frozen ground. lol We won't plant outside until the first of June here for fear of frost. Love this post! xo Diana

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    1. I know that you have been getting more snow, Diana. I hope it warms up for you soon.

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  8. Laura, How sweet that your grandfather taught you about growing things. think when we can teach that to children, it's so important. They can grow food and pretty flowers too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I can't wait to live closer to my own grandchildren so we can garden together.

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  9. my grandma is 85 and she has always enjoyed gardening. she loves flowers and wildlife. :)

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    1. I imagine that she has been a great inspiration to you, Marie.

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  10. I moved a rhododendron today with my three year old daughter that I had planted her first birthday. It was neat sharing the story with her. Such a lovely post that is perfect for this time of the year

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    1. I love that you are creating such wonderful memories with your daughter, Ronda.

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  11. That is so cool that your family owns the florist and greenhouses in your area! I love to garden and it runs in my family. My mom still gardens at age 75 and her parents - my grandparents - did, too. Both of them lived into their 90's.

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    1. It is wonderful to still be able to wander through those greenhouses, Melanie. Sounds like you have a family history for a love of gardening.

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  12. Your Grandfather must have been a very interesting man, and what fortune to be born into a family greenhouse business. I think your love of gardening, and flowers comes naturally.

    I hope to be gardening in my hundreds...no seriously. Of course they will have to wheel me around, but I will sit in my chair, and point with my cane..move that, move those over there....oh right I already do that don't I? Minus the chair...LOL.

    Jen

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  13. Well how great is this...increasing my longevity...now if I can get spring to start so I can garden.

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  14. There is nothing like the feel and smell of fresh soil in your hands... well unless it's the giggle in your heart when a sweet bird decides he likes the house in the tree... and moves in. Enjoy your Spring Laura. So nice to "meet" you!

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  15. I love this post Laura, and linked to it in my blog today! I'm a gardener and I love the swell of emotions a garden provides - peace, gratitude, hope, satisfaction, pride, and sometimes even sadness.

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  16. count me in with planting trees for the birds!

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  17. I enjoyed your post, and your grandfather sounds like a wonderful man. I never met either of my grandfathers they were gone early. I've been working in my greenhouse, and there is nothing like the smell of dirt, the feel of it and how it makes us feel.

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  18. Both my parents and grandparents loved to work in the yard and I do too. To me it feeds the soul and feeds the body. Such great exercise and a feeling of accomplishment. And best of all, it promotes a great night's sleep!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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