The Coronavirus pandemic has set off a global gardening boom, with people dusting off their spades and getting outdoors. [Pinterest](https://za.pinterest.com/) echoes this trend, reporting a 528% increase in searches for "budget garden ideas". And with social distancing set to be in place for the foreseeable future, this trend seems like it's here to stay. If you're considering putting your home on the market, now is the ideal time to put your green fingers to the test and give your outdoor space some love. We outline 3 reasons why gardening is so beneficial during these unusual times. 1. **Green spaces are important for our psychological health: **There's growing evidence that gardening can benefit our mental health, and therapists say you don't need a big garden or outdoor space to get a mental health boost from gardening, even a windowsill or balcony will do. ** ** 2. **Appreciate nature: **Normally, life is so busy, we barely have a moment to come up for air. Lockdown has given us a unique opportunity to slow down and take stock of our surroundings. If you do have an outdoor space, whether it's a patch of grass or a big garden, spend some time outside and pay attention to your surroundings, whether it's birds, bugs, or budding flowers. 3. **Gardens bolster personal food security: **There's a growing global trend among consumers to know exactly where their food comes from, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is prompting many to start planting herbs and vegetables from home. Apart from being incredibly rewarding, growing your own produce is highly cost-effective and helps prevent unnecessary trips to the supermarket.