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Gardening

Gardening is the activity of tending and cultivating a garden, especially as a pastime.

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History
Forest gardening, a forest-based food production system, is the world's oldest form of gardening. The modern practice of gardening emerged with the first civilizations as wealthy individuals began to create gardens for aesthetic purposes.

Where
Any plot of land, big or small, with good soil, can be a spot for a garden.

How to play
Pick a spot for the garden carefully. Plants can't survive without sun and water. Make sure the soil is rich with nutrients. Choose plants – vegetables or flowers that will flourish in the environment and watch the garden grow!

Suggested equipment
- Seeds
- Soil
- Water
- Trowel
- Gloves
- Sunhat

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

Gardening can be enjoyed by all. For individuals with a visual impairment, provide explanations on the type of plant and the location. Consider using tactile labels to identify the plants for future reference.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Garden as a family or in a group. Decide what the location of plants by laying them in on top of the garden before planting.

Mobility Limitation

Gardening is a wonderful activity for everyone to enjoy. Consider planting in raised flower gardens to avoid crouching or kneeling. A gardening stool may also be helpful to add stability. Adjust the length of garden tools as needed.

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Benefits of Gardening

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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