Master Gardener Tips May 30, 2024


By Debbie Post, University of Nebraska Extension Master Gardener 

Did you know that gardening has just as many mental benefits as physical ones? Studies have shown that having one or more green plants can help lead to increased feelings of well being. Research finds that simple garden tasks such as weeding and watering will decrease cortisol levels which is the hormone that is released when a person is stressed. Those higher levels of cortisol are intrinsically linked to depression, anxiety, and the inability to focus and attend to tasks. Take care of some plants for improved mental health.