According to the The National Allotment Society gardening and allotmenteering can have a positive affect on mental health.
A 2015 study on their website called ‘A case study of the health and well-being benefits of allotment gardening‘ by the department of life sciences, University of Westminster revealed an improvement in self-esteem and mood as a result of just one allotment session!
The study also showed that allotment gardeners had significantly better general health and experienced less depression and fatigue and more vigour.
What happened to my mental health when I signed up for my allotment garden
When I first signed up to an allotment garden I didn’t know what to expect.
Sure it was going to be muddy and everyone around me kept saying ‘it’s a lot of hard work’ and ‘I don’t have the time for an allotment’.
But since starting one in 2017 I’ve gone out of my way to make time for allotment gardening.
Words that come to mind when I even just think about the allotment are peaceful, tranquillity, satisfying.
Like a good hardcore workout session, a trip to the allotment calms my mind and reconnects me with a peaceful and more relaxed outlook.
There’s simply nothing like growing your own fruit and veggies as well.
The smell, the taste.
When it comes time to harvest, we invariably eat straight from the allotment as we’re gathering some produce to take home.
My children also look forward to each harvest and they are still small enough to look in awe as the seeds that they planted month ago turn into tall sunflowers and luscious sweetcorn.
It’s the best £5.30 yearly spend in my household budget.
Get your allotment garden mojo going
Make time this week to inquire about allotment and community gardens in your area.
A quick google search of ‘community gardens Ohio’ took me to this webpage which has an interactive map of community gardens in Ohio.
Its as easy in the UK.
This website run by the HM government will direct you to your local council based on your postcode who will have details on their website of how to apply for your own allotment.
Quick tip: if your based in the UK and are totally new to allotmenteering then check out allotment-garden.org.
If you’re in the US then check out communitygarden.org for all the help you need to get started growing fresh fruit and veggies.
Trust me it’s well worth the time and effort.