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Grow with Yakult: boost your wellbeing through gardening and cooking

3 MIN READ • 14th May 2021
Vicky Warrell by Vicky Warrell

Grow Japanese vegetables while looking after your mental and physical wellbeing with this interactive campaign

Research shows that gardening and being mindful of the outside is good for our health, which is why the Grow With Yakult initiative is encouraging everyone to harness the various benefits that growing and gardening can bring.

The initiative invites thousands of people to join the journey of growing their own Japanese vegetables, discovering how to sow new plants from seeds and harvest the results – ultimately, learning how to cook with the vegetables to create delicious meals from scratch while being mindful of their wellbeing at the same time.

Gardening and wellness

Science shows that spending time in the great outdoors is excellent for our overall wellbeing. Here are 3 reasons to get outdoors from Grow With Yakult…

  • Increasing your exposure to green spaces and outdoor sunlight, including gardens, has been proven to boost your mental wellbeing, reduce depression and anxiety symptoms, while also having a positive effect on stress reduction.
  • If you’re feeling stressed, taking advantage of the growing lighter days and listening to the calming sounds of nature have been shown to help people relax.
  • Gardening can give you a workout that’s equivalent to taking a walk or yoga class, so it’s a perfect excuse to give yourself a full body workout and grow yourself fit!

Plus, the benefits aren’t only for outdoors as science also shows that sharing your space with living plants has a positive effect on your mental wellbeing as well.

planting young seedlings in vegetable plot

Gardening top tips

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener/grower, or are starting out for the first time, there are many ways you can adapt your own Grow With Yakult journey to everyday life, including:

  • Starting small: You don’t need a big garden, or even a garden at all, to get started. You can grow plenty of crops such as the Japanese seeds in pots, on your windowsill or balcony, as well as, of course, in a garden or allotment if you have one.
  • Using empty toilet rolls to start your seeds off if you don’t have small pots: Fill them with compost, add your seeds, watch them grow and then transplant into larger containers or into the garden when they’re ready.
  • If you’re planting out young seedlings, make sure the roots fall vertically in the planting hole, and make sure the hole is deep enough to accommodate the roots. Firm in well after planting.
  • Make sure your pot has drainage holes so that your vegetables do not become water-logged.
  • Remember if you are gardening in containers outside or in pots on your windowsill, your plants will dry out quicker, so keep an eye on them and top up with water regularly.

Woman cooking healthy food

Most importantly, grow things you like to eat! By growing vegetables that you will consume, you’ll easily be able to use them in cooking. Studies show that cooking can have a positive effect on our mental wellbeing through growing our self-confidence, enhancing our life skills and encouraging healthier eating habits, so aside from the satisfaction of growing your own food, you’ll be taking care of yourself at the same time!

Taking time to cook also means that you can be creative and experiment with new textures and tastes, while at the same time producing healthy, nutritious meals with the ingredients grown from Grow With Yakult.

Join Grow With Yakult

Yakult are offering up to 10,000 people the chance to sign up to Grow with Yakult. Each person will receive seeds for five Japanese vegetables – Ishikura Onion, Mibuna, Mizuna, Radish Mooli Minowase and Tatsoi – as well as a detailed guide on how to grow the seeds, gardening tips and recipe inspiration from chef Yuki Gomi, so you can make the most of your veggies once they’ve grown.

The campaign also includes expert advice and insights into the science around gardening and wellbeing, as well as resources and live cook-alongs on Yakult’s social channels. For the opportunity to sign up to join the campaign and receive your seeds and guide, visit yakult.co.uk/GrowWithYakult.

For further information, visit yakult.co.uk/GrowWithYakult or follow Yakult on Facebook @YakultUKIE and Instagram @Yakult_UKIreland #GrowWithYakult

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Meet the writer
Vicky Warrell
H&W deputy editor

As H&W's deputy editor, I'm lucky enough to cover everything from celebrities to skincare. At the weekend, I'm happiest when adding to my ever-expanding houseplant collection, swimming laps at my local lido, spending time with my family and friends or getting creative with crochet and cross stitch.

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