Gardening is good for you - just be sure to take care to avoid infections and use chemicals wisely

Gardening is good for you - just be sure to take care to avoid infections and use chemicals wisely

Many people find that gardening brings particular pleasure, and here are two articles from The Conversation on the science behind this and gardening chemical safety.

Chris Williams, Lecturer in urban horticulture, University of Melbourne on why gardening or “Therapeutic horticulture” and “horticultural therapy” have become recognised treatments for stress and depression in 'The science is in: gardening is good for you' : theconversation.com/the-sci...

Ian Musgrave, Senior lecturer in Pharmacology, University of Adelaide discusses the science related to garden chemical safety: theconversation.com/are-com...

With CLL, particularly when under treatment, our immune systems can be weakened, making us more susceptible to infection, particularly if we become neutropenic. So do wear a mask and gloves when appropriate, particularly when in contact with organic fertilisers and potting mixes.

Neil

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  • Thank you Neil - I never thought about organic fertilizers being a threat.I have had many mini-infections from splinters, thorns etc. Betadine is my friend...

    Virginia

  • Organophosphates have an elevated risk of CLL in industrial farm settings...unlikely to effect the home gardener, but something to be aware of.

    ~chris

  • I have rather large Camellia bushes. If I don't hose them down before pruning, I end up with lungs full of dust and a respiratory issue that lasts a week or more. Wearing a respirator to mow the lawn has helped too.