Why are Australian's spending more time outside in the Garden?

Author: Felicity Frankish  Date Posted:18 June 2020 

Why are Australian's spending more time outside in the Garden?

 

All it takes is a global pandemic to send Australians out into their garden, simply to escape the four walls of their home and enjoy some fresh air. It’s no secret that our recent lockdown gave many families and individuals both the time and the inclination to get out outdoors and make the most of it. After all, when you can’t leave your home without a valid reason, where better do you have to go? However, it’s interesting to note that this trend began long before COVID-19 hit our shores, and while it has certainly grown in that time, there are plenty of other reasons why Australians are spending more time outside in the garden.

 

To Grow Their Food

Believe it or not, this is widespread. In fact, 2014 figures from the Australian Institute showed that 52% of households were growing some variety of food. For some, it is simply a way of life they are accustomed to, whether they were brought up that way or simply adopted it when they moved out. For others, it offers many health benefits beyond grocery store offerings. Another group is simply looking to shave a few hard-earned dollars off their grocery bill. The great part is, it doesn’t matter the size of your yard, as you can pretty much grow food anywhere if you set your mind to it. This means apartment dwellers still have the opportunity to set up a garden on their balcony with the GeoPlanter making this easier than ever. It is the perfect chance to eat fresh veggies and grind and store your own herbs with the aid of a herb grinder. It really is the gift that keeps in giving and a big drawcard for pulling Australians off their couch and into the garden.

 

To Destress

Modern life comes with a lot of bumps and hurdles. As a society, we are actually more stressed than we have ever been. According to a Stress and Wellbeing Report from 2015, we suffer from lower levels of wellbeing and higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety symptoms. Many Australians are escaping into their gardens to combat this and improve their mental health. Apart from getting that much-needed hit of Vitamin D, getting outdoors can also lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Our gardens are right there – no excuses about being time-poor or unable to travel. Many Australians are taking the opportunity to get outdoors in their own gardens to soak up the fresh air and improve their mood. With many Australians working from home at the moment, a trip out to the garden has become an essential part of the day, to soak up some sun and take a break from our desks.

 

Great Hobby

We all have hobbies in life – they act as a great distraction from the aforementioned stress we are confronted with daily. For many Australians, gardening is one such hobby. There is so much to learn and discover, it is easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole and find your weekends now taken up with nursery trips, while your coffee table is spread with gardening books. From different plant varieties to growing conditions, to the difference between indoor plants and outdoor plants, this hobby is spreading through the community as a way of connecting with others and finding a common interest.

 

The Perfect Climate

While it may not be perfect all year round, it’s not far off. Even when the chill of Winter sets in, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a good outdoor heater. We are lucky to live in such an amazing country, with such beautiful weather. We really don’t have an excuse not to be outside and enjoying it as much as possible. Many Australians are spending more time outdoors entertaining. From family BBQs to a games night with friends, it is often more relaxing and enjoyable to be able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air together.

 

Escaping The City

With the raising costs of purchasing a home and the ever important quest for work/life balance, many Australians are also making the move to greener pastures – so to speak. They are moving away from the city and setting up in more rural areas, to take advantage of the lower cost of living, while being more self-sufficient. Families are taking on farms and large blocks of land, turning their attention to the outdoors. This has brought the focus back to the simple things, such as sending the kids outside to play. For some families, this has turned into a business opportunity with the aid of growing tents to create a controlled environment for their crops.

 

Global Pandemic

We can’t ignore it. There is no hiding the fact that COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions placed on our way of life, sent more Australians running into their garden to enjoy some fresh air and the outdoors. We saw a significant rise in home DIY projects as people found they had more time on their hands with less to do. It has led way to a gardening boom. Some seed suppliers in Australia pressed pause on trading after being overwhelmed with orders 10 times higher than normal.

 

What we do know is that this is a great trend that is here to stay. The outdoors offers so many benefits to our physical and mental health, and our own gardens are the perfect place to start. Just like we take pride in our home, more and more Australians are stepping up a notch when it comes to the outdoors, and it is offering plenty of benefits.


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