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.