Whether you’re growing plants for appearance or consumption, gardening has many health benefits.
In the garden, you can learn about nutritional best practices and improve your understanding of healthy eating. The signage includes specific health benefits from different color families of vegetables.
For example, yellow/orange-colored veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins contain antioxidants, like vitamin C and carotenoids. They also contain fiber, which helps fight certain cancers and supports heart, vision and immune function.
The Healthy Living Garden can provide other benefits in addition to increasing knowledge of nutrition. Like our other gardens here at MD Anderson, the Healthy Living Garden also is a destination for cancer patients and caregivers to escape the burdens of cancer care and treatment and regain a sense of control and privacy. Decades of credible studies document the restorative effects of interacting with nature, especially in hospital settings:
- Patients exposed to views of natural settings recover faster, require less pain medication and have more positive feelings than those exposed to urban, industrial views.
- Research shows that surrounding yourself in a natural landscape and doing 30 minutes of
outdoor gardening can reduce stress and improve your mood.
- The longer you garden, the better your mental health may be. Gardening can help
alleviate prevent symptoms of depression, like fatigue and sadness, and improve memory
- The Healthy Living Garden provides the opportunity to connect with nature on a human scale
and experience these benefits.
Recommended Planters: Planters by Size
Choose planters according to the size required for your plants for various purposes and locations.
Buy ready to use nutrient-rich soil:
In general use, a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.