Digging Deeper: The Surprising Benefits of Gardening for Dads
Written by: Lombe Mwansa
Published: 8 May 2023


Gardening is not just a hobby, it's a lifestyle that can bring numerous benefits to your life as a dad. It's easy to start, doesn't require a lot of time or space, and can help you connect with nature and improve your physical and mental health.

Have you ever considered gardening as a hobby? Discover the surprising benefits of this fulfilling pastime and how you can easily fit it into your schedule. From famous gardeners to tips for gardening in limited spaces, this blog post has got what you need to start growing your own adventure.

an elderly man holding a vegetable crop

Did you know that gardening can be the perfect hobby for busy dads? Discover how you can easily fit this fulfilling pastime into your schedule and reap the many physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with it.

In our previous blog post, we talked about the many benefits of pursuing new hobbies in midlife. One hobby that’s perfect for dads who are pushed for time is gardening. Not only is it a relaxing and rewarding pastime, but it’s also very easy to start. In this post, we’ll explore why gardening is such a great hobby for busy dads, and provide some tips for getting started.

Why Gardening is a Great Hobby for Dads

One of the main reasons gardening is such an easy hobby to start for dads is that it can be done in small increments of time. You don’t need to dedicate a whole day to gardening – even just 20 minutes here and there can make a difference. Plus, gardening can be done in your own backyard, which makes it easy to fit into your schedule.

Another great thing about gardening is that it’s a great stress-reliever. Research has shown that spending time in nature can lower cortisol levels (the hormone associated with stress) and improve overall well-being. This makes it a great hobby for dads who are looking to unwind and destress.

Famous People Who Garden

King Charles gardening

This image of King Charles III walking in the gardens of Highgrove House was taken in July of 2018, as part of a set to mark his 70th birthday.

If you’re looking for inspiration, there are plenty of famous people who are passionate gardeners. Here are just a few examples:

  • King Charles III: The British monarch is known for his love of gardening, and even has his own organic farm.
  • Oprah Winfrey: The media mogul has a 16-acre farm in Maui where she grows everything from avocados to vegetables.
  • Michelle Obama: The former first lady is an avid gardener and has even planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn.

Useful Websites for Gardeners

If you’re just starting out with gardening, there are plenty of resources available online to help you get started. Here are three useful websites to check out:

  1. Gardeners’ World: This UK-based website is packed with gardening tips and advice for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.
  2. The Old Farmer’s Almanac: This website has been providing gardening advice since 1792, and is a great resource for information on planting, growing, and harvesting crops.
  3. Gardenista: This website focuses on garden design and landscaping, and is a great source of inspiration for anyone looking to create a beautiful outdoor space.

Tips for Gardening in Different Seasons

One of the great things about gardening is that there’s always something to do, no matter what season it is. Here are some tips for gardening in different seasons:

  • Spring: This is the perfect time to plant seeds and start preparing your garden for the summer. Be sure to weed and fertilize your soil to get it ready for planting.
  • Summer: In the summer, focus on maintaining your garden by watering and pruning as needed. You can also start harvesting your crops!
  • Fall: This is the time to start preparing your garden for winter. Remove any dead plants, harvest any remaining crops, and add compost to your soil.
  • Winter: While you might not be able to do much planting in the winter, there are still things you can do to maintain your garden. Use this time to plan for next year’s garden, prune any trees or shrubs, and clean and organize your garden tools.

Indoor and Limited Space Gardening

kids spraying houseplants together

If you don’t have access to an outdoor garden, there are still ways to enjoy gardening indoors or in limited spaces. Here are some tips for getting started:

  1. Choose the right plants: Look for plants that thrive in low-light conditions, such as snake plants or ZZ plants, or plants that can grow in small
  2. containers, such as herbs or small vegetables like cherry tomatoes.
  3. Use vertical space: If you don’t have a lot of horizontal space, try using vertical space instead. Wall-mounted planters or hanging baskets can be a great way to add some greenery to your home.
  4. Consider Conclusion

    Overall, gardening is a fantastic hobby for dads who are pushed for time. Whether you have access to an outdoor garden or are limited to indoor or small space gardening, there are plenty of options available to help you get started. So why not give it a try and see how it can improve your life?

    Thank you for reading, and continue making this a month of prioritising your mental health and pursuing new hobbies!

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