by Susan
on 12 January 2017
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It's New... It's Delicious...

Pefferlaw Peat is proud to announce the release of our new brand, Delicious Dirt! We have been hard at work creating this new brand, as well as designing new packages, to increase the visibility of our products for our customers. We believe that a great garden starts with great soil and that "organic" isn't just a word. We strive to ensure that we supply our customers with the highest-quality of organic soil on the market. For more information about Delicious Dirt, read our press release below or contact us today.

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by Susan
on 06 January 2017
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The day was wrapping up, only two more emails left to send. It was exactly 4:30 pm, that gave Jenny about 5 minutes to send them and get to her car to beat the daily rush hour traffic. Her fingers dance along the keyboard with ease as she finishes her final daily tasks. Then she rushes out of the office and heads to grab her son Joshua from school. 

Joshua was a handful, and Jenny’s husband Christopher worked late hours most of the week. This left Jenny stressed and exhausted from chasing Joshua around after work. She desperately longed for a way to spend her time that was productive and that Joshua could enjoy too. After a conversation with her friend Ashley, she realized that gardening could be a great solution to occupy her time, as well as reduce some of her stress from work. Plus, she already knows how much Joshua loves to play in the dirt. 

 

“I like gardening. It’s a place where I can find myself when I need to lose myself.” - Alice Sebold

Every gardener has experienced the calming effect from growing your own beautiful sanctuary of plants. Whether you are planting produce or simple botanicals, the act of gardening can bring you to a tranquil state. You don’t have to start with a large garden, though. In fact, you can reap many benefits of gardening even if you start small. Herbs, ivy, and succulents are a great place to start for first-time gardeners. Plus they can all be grown indoors, so you can even start your garden during the winter. 

 

“Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” - Alfred Austin

Modern science has even proven that gardening has stress relieving benefits. In fact, a Dutch study randomly chose 30 people to read for half an hour per day and another 30 people to garden for half an hour each day. While both groups saw a decrease in their cortisol levels, those who gardened actually had a significantly lower amount than those who read. Cortisol is a hormone often associated with stress. Increased cortisol levels have also been linked to obesity, memory problems, and even heart disease. So there is actual scientific proof that gardening can bring us to a more relaxed physical state.

 

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” - Robert Brault

Gardening is an excellent teacher, especially for young, curious minds. It doesn’t just teach virtues, such as patience and hard work. It also teaches children the importance of nature and even about the nutrients they consume. Unfortunately, there are some kids who can’t identify a large variety of produce even into their teen years. Learning about food and nutrition at a young age is vital to maintaining good lifelong health. Gardening also gives your child the opportunity to learn about this first hand, an opportunity not many children get these days. 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that gardening is one of the most productive (and often fruitful) ways to relieve stress. We also believe it should be a vital part of Canadian youth education. This one of the many reasons we enjoy reaching out to our customers and their communities through events each year. For more information on the benefits of gardening and 2017 events that you can find us at, feel free to contact us today.  

by sarah
on 30 December 2016
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SUCP   NY Resolution

We all know what a New Year means, a list of resolutions we promise ourselves we will work on in the coming 365 days. We know that sticking with a resolution can be hard, especially when you live such a busy lifestyle. However, what if that resolution was relaxing, as well as beneficial for your mental and overall health? At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that gardening is more than just a hobby or something to do. Gardening is a beautiful art in many ways and offers its participants a variety of life changing benefits. 

 

#1 “To Plant A Garden Is To Believe In Tomorrow.” - Audrey Hepburn

Some people get a psychological boost from feeling that they are achieving or working toward something. For individuals who garden, the harvest of crops or the gorgeous blooming of their flowers gives them that sensation. Most gardeners feel a sense of pride, joy, and connectivity to nature when they nurture a tender plant into a fruitful existence. As people, we naturally love working toward a goal just as much as reaping the corresponding reward. We have an unquenchable urge for responsibility and gardening is a beautiful way to cultivate that. This is one of the countless benefits that people who enjoy gardening receive from the fruits of their labor.

 

#2 “It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” - Kate Morton

Believe it or not, the soil has some surprisingly powerful antidepressant benefits for gardeners. In fact, Mycobacterium vaccae, commonly found in soil, has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that antidepressant drugs like Prozac provide patients. This bacterium found in most soils may simulate serotonin production as well, which can make you relaxed. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to eat any dirt to benefit from this bacterium! All it takes is getting your hands a little dirty. These bacteria are also being studied based on scientific evidence that they improve cognitive function, Crohn’s disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis.

 

#3 “Flowers are restful to look at. They have no emotions or conflict.“ - Sigmund Freud 

Gardening has some compelling physical health benefits too. For many gardeners, the activity involved in tending to their precious garden are part of what keeps them living a healthy life. In fact, the act of gardening is known to release serotonin and dopamine, while lowering cortisol levels. So gardening is actually known to calm people down, as well as increase the joy they feel. It also gives people an outlet for other feeling, such as anxiety, stress, anger, and depression. This often adds benefits later in the day too, allowing them to sleep better as well. Many people don’t consider this when determining if gardening is an activity that they may be interested in. However, everyone gardens will receive these wonderful benefits.

While you still have a little time to finalize your 2017 New Years resolutions, we think gardening should be one of the options you choose from. Not only does it have mental and physical health benefits, but it also gives you a positive outlet to accomplish new things this year. You don’t need a farm to start gardening; it can be as simple as a few potted herbs. More than anything, we encourage you break out of your shell and to try something new this year. For more information on the benefits of gardening, please feel free to reach out and contact us today. 

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