Gardening Grows Better Health


Many individuals and families may find themselves spending more time enjoying the sunshine outside as the weather becomes warmer. When thinking about spring activities to do, consider gardening.

A recent study by Viren Swami (2020) suggests that allotment gardening (gardening vegetables and fruits in a space outside of your home) can improve psychological well-being and promote a positive body image. The results of this study revealed that participants scored significantly higher on questionnaires related to positive body image, functionality appreciation, and body pride after gardening.

A previous study by Soga, Gaston, and Yamaura (2017) also reported numerous health outcomes associates with gardening, such as:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • Decreased feelings of depression
  • Decreased anxiety levels
  • Increased life satisfaction and quality of life
  • Enhanced sense of belonging to the community
  • Having a healthier diet from eating more fruits and vegetables

Therefore, try gardening next time you’re thinking about what spring-time activity to participate in. Interacting with nature, the physical exercise of gardening, and eating food that you have grown yourself may lead to more positive effects than you anticipated!

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin


Blog by Registered Provisional Psychologist Nadia:


Soga, M., Gaston, K. J., & Yamaura, Y. (2017). Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine Reports5, 92-99. doi:10.1089/eco.2019.0032

Swami, V. (2020). Body image benefits of allotment gardening. Ecopsychology12(1), 19-23.  doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.11.007