Living Better: Gardening for Life!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

I never was much interested in gardening until I moved into a garden home with a small yard and large patio. With my mother having huge, messy, roach infestation gardens (oh boy don't they love that water & compost!) I just really hated gardening. It was by accident though that I started, and now that I have a desire to improve my quality of life, it's turned into a health focus too. 

I blogged about the Blue Zones of Centurians after my research into improving my own health for the next half century. Gardening, as it turns out, is a common thread for several of the zones.  

Living Better: Quality Living in Today's Crazy World!  


Light, frequent, whole body exercise is best for longevity. Those whose lifestyle involves daily, light activity such as gardening, bicycling to work, or walking uphill to go to church live longer, more mentally adept, physically happy lives.

You are what you eat. I have probably watched over 20 documentaries on food. I'd say healthy food but no, I mean food, because I want to also understand crappy food too. The Blue Zones commonly are not located in convenience based areas; no fast food, no fast paced life, no people knocking on your door offering to mow your lawn or wash your dog. As a result, they grow and shepherd their own food. I mentioned a Costa Rican community that was featured in Down to Earth with Zac Efron (S1E3).  No technology is probably a bust for me, but I found myself lusting over picking my own fruit, veggies, and such to meal plan, and share meals together. We do not do that nor have since the Cleavers. When you grow your own food you know exactly what you are eating. I shoot for organic and farmer's markets when I can, but the idea of growing basil, peppers, & other herbs and lettuce....... just makes me drool for its taste and health benefits. 

Mental Health.  When I plant, cut, or water, I think about peace, happiness, zen. Not work. Not life crises. I pay attention to how much water, where I am going to cut, and the temperatures instead. Especially for my tropical plants which will die if its under 40 or over 100. In Texas, we have brutal hot winters so I move things into a solar shade and/or my atrium. For the short cold winters, the same.

I hope this inspires you in some way to grow something on your own. Feel free to share it in your comments or shoot me a text! I am passionate and serious about this so I hope you do share!  210.560.1891

PS! I learned most of what I know by watching youtube videos, talking to nursery people, and mostly from facebook gardening groups in my city and by specifics. I also just joined my neighborhood gardening club that meets monthly since I bought a new house last year, another garden home and covered patio, but more the floorplan and area that I prefer. 

Happy Gardening!!

This is a 3 part series of things I am serious about. These are the other two:



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Comments (13)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Cathy,

Love your series on Gardening for Life! I can see why when you plant, cut or water you are in a Zen mood. It's relaxing and working with your hands to grow things always brings about an inner peace.

Sep 09, 2023 09:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Cathy - I agree there' can be something found while digging in the dirt.  And it's not necessarily funky fingernails either.  The possibilities are immense.  

Sep 09, 2023 10:00 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice Kathy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Light, frequent, whole body exercise is best for longevity. Those whose lifestyle involves daily, light activity such as gardening, bicycling to work, or walking uphill to go to church live longer, more mentally adept, physically happy lives.

Sep 09, 2023 10:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cathy, you have used your space very well, and sure miss my garden at my last house.

Sep 09, 2023 11:25 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Good morning Cathy Criado ,  Great post about the many, benefits of gardening.  I love it too-- though dont grow vegetables, but I do nurture herbs, flowers, and cactus.  They are my babies, and I love when they bloom and thrive!  Have a great weekend!  Kathy

Sep 09, 2023 12:18 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Cathy Criado - When I am tending to my plants and watering I feel a sense of inner peace. Like you, it does not feel like work.  It's something I do that takes me away from other things that feel like "work". 

May you continue on the path of good health! 


Sep 09, 2023 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cathy- love this series. I'm making time to watch the 2nd episode about the Blue Zones. My gardening time is not as much as it used to be and perhaps I'll get back into it. When I was in graduate school, planting flowers in our garden at home was my way of relaxing. At one point I had over 100 orchids in Delray Beach. It's fun nurturing them and watching them grow. 

Sep 09, 2023 12:58 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Working in a yard or even a small garden is therapeutic. I do a lot of yard work as not only does it make me healthy with fresh air, but also sublimation time to cleanse the mind of issues.

Sep 09, 2023 01:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Cathy Criado we have front and back yard plenty of room for Gardening, but if you have a black thumb like I do I let the gardening to when it comes to cooking up a storm I match anyone in the kitchen:)Endre

Sep 09, 2023 02:51 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Next time we visit, perhaps we will be eating food from your garden, I know Tess would love that, haha.

Sep 10, 2023 04:03 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 10, 2023 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I started vegetable gardening about four years ago and I found that I love it. Picking your own veggies to turn into a dinner that same night is such an amazing thing.

Sep 10, 2023 06:47 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I love my gardens and really try hard to always have something to eat every day from the garden.  It's working.  With some patience and practice you can do it.  I try to start some seeds every month, whether they end up in the ground or not.  Seeds are cheap and if you keep them in the fridge they last for years.

Nov 05, 2023 04:21 PM