Sunday 11 December 2016

Get out, get healthy, get growing

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Absolutely anybody can learn how to grow, but with all the information out there it is sometimes hard to know where to start. This GroMór supplement will help people of all ages find fun and easy ways to get involved. From gardening novices to young families who are keen to grow their own flowers and food, but who might not know where to begin. Growing your own flowers and food is a great, healthy way of getting outdoors, and now is the perfect time to start.

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Herbs planted on a windowsill today will be ready in three weeks, and can be cut right through to September. Fresh strawberries will grow in pots on the patio, in hanging baskets or even in a window box, and will be ready to eat in mid-summer. And with the longer evenings and warmer weather now is the perfect time to get started and you can get the kids involved as well!

The health benefits of gardening for both adults and children are well documented. Gardening can improve strength, endurance and flexibility, and can even help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. 45 minutes of gardening burns as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, and studies have also shown that simply being in the presence of plants can reduce stress and increase wellbeing - office plants can even boost productivity by up to 15 per cent! It's called the Green Exercise revolution and it gets you fit-for-life.

Gardening can also develop our creativity. Planning the garden for the year or the season, choosing flower colours and plant palettes, and arranging the fresh flowers from your garden all require you to use your creative side. With a bit of creativity you can transform your garden into a perfect social venue, be it a children's afternoon birthday party or an evenings barbeque. (you can even get the kids to help you grow salads, vegetables and herbs to accompany the barbeque!)

A "dose" of nature is good for our mental, physical and emotional health so the idea of GroMór - with its mantra: get out, get healthy, get growing - is more than timely - it is the idea of now. This supplement will show you how to start. It is filled with creative ideas for how to enjoy your garden, with selected activities for each season.

There are tips from experts such as Kevin Dennis, Peter Dowdall, Lorna Gannon and The Happy Pear twins: David & Stephen Flynn. Practical advice on how to turn gardening tasks into a gym workout (without the expensive membership fees)! And the magazine is packed with practical hints for getting the kids involved. All-in-all, this will be a valuable resource for readers of all ages - one to keep and refer to year-round!

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XYou can also log onto www.gromor.ie - a website packed with helpful advice on what to grow and when to sow. It lists all the experts who will be on hand in each participating GroMór centre to provide tips and answer any questions you may have.

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