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Who Is Palmate?
by Pete from Palmate™
When my family and I wanted to start a company, a lot of close friends and colleagues had concerns. But, the business evolved around our favorite past time, the hobby my wife and children all enjoy, and our favorite place to hang out: the garden.
To me it was a no brainer… 🌿☀️
We are a family run business. We like to explore the endless possibilities with planting, get creative in the kitchen, and experiment in the greenhouse and backyard. We subscribe to many Garden Magazines and always have dirt under our fingernails (never at the kitchen table!). We like to apply our all natural planning in the garden to our lifestyle — the vegetables we grow we put in our bodies, the wildflowers help the bees pollinate, and anything we do not use we decompose, reuse or recycle.
👦🏻 I am the Head of Product Development (so formal!) and work with craftsmen and craftswomen around the world to unveil physical garden product. I also enjoy reviewing product related to gardening and produce. It’s perfect because I get to utilize my engineering background and combine it with my affection to build and garden.
🙎🏼 Elaine (my Wife) has a design and graphics background and gets to combine it with her love for green spaces. She designs our t-shirts and other trinkets and accessories related to gardening (which can be seen here).
👩🏽👨🏻👴🏼 Our other Team Members love and respect nature as much as we do. If we aren’t related, we are still one big, happy family!
Why Everyone Should Garden
by Pete from Palmate™
Where would you rather be for a moment of relaxation: a crowded city street or a quiet forest (as long as it’s not black fly season!)? It has been long known that Nature can provide relaxing stimulus in the form of smell, touch and visuals. It is a place for humans to heal and find tranquility. It can also be great, low impact exercise. There are physical and mental benefits associated with spending time in Nature, and importantly, positively influencing its’ growth and flourishment.
Gardening has been associated with feelings of reward and mental clarity. Multiple studies have shown that natural areas such as residential gardens and community garden spaces provide a long list of mental health benefits. You can recover from fatigue and it helps improve life satisfaction and outlook when you are in a natural place. Coping with stress can be easier and I do some of my best thinking while strolling in the public gardens or sitting in my backyard mid-gardening season.
Food gardening and tending to the prosperity of one can be a gratifying experience and an fresh source of produce. My favorite stages are preparing the soil beds and planting. There are great rewards at the end of the growth of said plants but the initial sprouting is always the most exciting, and delicate time with me.
Now, some science.
The (CDC) Center for Disease Control and Prevention have states that moderate intensity level activity for 3 hours a week can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, depression and many more ailments and diseases that plague our society.
A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology had compared gardening to reading as a stress reliever and can help reduce the irritability, stomach and head aches and heart issues affiliated with stress. You can read the rest of the details but the subjects that gardened experienced lower stress than those that read.
A small increase of nearby green space (%10) was documented to decrease health complaints and amount to a five year reduction in the subject’s age, according to the nonprofit Gardening Matters.
In addition to these excellent health benefits covered here and in our Blog, gardens and green space are known to save the property owners money (off their grocery bill if they food garden) and increase property value.
With all the online resources and studies out there, let’s all get outdoors this season and grow a beneficial, vibrant garden while being active in the process!
The Benefits of Gardening
by Pete from Palmate™
There is plenty of evidence, some scientific, most anecdotal, that shows that gardeners live as much as 14 years longer than those who don’t garden. That extension of life is fairly impressive, and further research is definitely warranted.
Author Dan Buettner of the National Geographic has done in depth studies on this through visiting places around the world that he calls “blue zones.” These areas have significantly longer life expectancies. His findings from studying people in these places are surprising. You can hear him discussing his findings here from his TED talk.
There are definitely a number of factors that are involved. However, the following are some of key actions that gardeners take that might contribute to their longer life expectancies.
1. They Get Plenty of Vitamin D.
Gardening isn’t typically done at night. Usually while one is tending to a garden they are in the sun on a consistent basis. The human body produces Vitamin D naturally from exposure to the sun. Given that Vitamin D helps to protect against types of heart disease and cancer, it logically makes sense that individuals with higher levels of Vitamin D might live longer lives.
How To Benefit: You can still spend time in the sun even if you aren’t a gardener so that you get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. Be sure you optimize this so that your body is producing Vitamin D instead of burning.
2. They Play With Dirt
By its very nature, gardening involves getting your hands dirty. Although dirt is shunned by our society and things such as chemical hand sanitizers have been invented, dirt can be quite good for you. Lack of dirt, in fact, along with soil borne organisms associated with it, have been linked by research with higher levels of auto-immune diseases.
This is because soil is a very rich source of microorganisms, minerals and natural bacteria. When you touch soil on a regular basis, your body is exposed to beneficial microorganisms (along with small amounts of harmful ones) that can help to boost your immune system. Given that gut health and beneficial bacteria are essential to overall health, it does make sense that dirt’s immune boosting properties could also help to increase longevity.
How To Benefit: It is possible to eat fermented foods and take probiotics. However, if you don’t get your hands dirty, you won’t get exposed to all of the same micro-organisms.
4. They Stay Grounded
Gardeners spend lots of time touching the soil and earth. A book entitled Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever says this may be a tremendous benefit all in itself.
According to the theory, many of us never or very rarely touch the earth using our bare skin, and definitely not for long periods of time. That can lead to positive electrons building up inside the body from Wi-Fi, electromagnetic frequencies, electrical energy and other factors. The earth is a type of ground, like an electrical outlet, that reduces extra positive charge.
The book’s author speculates that insufficient contact with the earth and the buildup can lead to disease and inflammation. When gardeners touch the earth, they ground themselves and thus remove the extra charge.
How To Benefit: When sleeping, use an Earthing Mat. You can also walk barefoot outdoor for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
4. They Get Relief From Stress
Many gardeners say that some of the main reasons why they garden is to get relief from stress and to relax. Hormones are negatively affected by stress, which increases the risk of disease. That is why having a positive way to reduce stress is very beneficial for one’s health. When stress hormones are balanced, many things are positively effected, including inflammation, cortisol levels and blood pressure.
How To Benefit: Take the time to do things you enjoy and that relax you on a regular basis, preferably outdoors.
5. They Eat Their Vegetables
Gardeners frequently grow vegetables. So they are of course more likely to eat them. Consuming less processed foods and more vegetables means less toxins and more antioxidants and nutrients.
6. They Exercise
Digging, raking and lifting soil and plants all require low levels of weight lifting and other activities. This activity provides positive benefits like exercise does in a sustainable and relaxing way.