RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Spring's here, and though some of us are dealing with freak spring snowstorms, it's getting warm enough in most of the country to start prepping your backyard garden with peas, lettuces, and spring flowers. If the idea of digging in the dirt has never much appealed to you, consider this: A growing number of studies are finding improved mental and physical health benefits of gardening that extend far beyond the obvious rewards of exercise and fresh air. And in this economy, the free food certainly doesn't hurt. There's no need to dig up your entire backyard, either.
|You need only a window box or a few houseplants to see these improvements in your health:
Lower osteoporosis risk
Lower diabetes risk
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