Think Inside the Box Want to garden but don’t have the space for a big backyard plot? Consider containers.
BY MARY LAHR SH I ER
Nothing beats back a case of the blues like vigorous weeding. There’s something about ripping out unwanted plants to sooth stress and give you a feeling of accomplishment. But working with plants can bemore than a stressbuster. The Mayo Clinic notes that 30 minutes of daily gardening offers low-impact exercise that can help cut risks for heart attacks, stroke, osteoporosis, and some cancers. And an Australian study found that men and women in their 60s who gardened were 36 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than nongardeners. Butwhat ifyoudon’twant tocommit tothetraditional outdoorgarden? Enter container gardening. With more of us living in townhomes, apartments, and assisted living, garden companies have responded with vegetables and flowers that thrive in containers.
In short, there’s never been a better time to start a garden on your deck or patio — or even indoors.
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