Potting up seedlings, deadheading, watering with a watering can
WHY Complex gardening activities demand good coordination. Stroke survivors, autistic children and patients with Alzheimer’s develop better connections between hand and eye after gardening. Craig Lister runs the Green Gym programme of guided gardening sessions created by The Conservation Volunteers. “It’s strength with control,” he says. “Unlike in a regular gym where you don’t have a fixed control. [ In the garden] if you want to pick up something, you’ve got to control it at the same time.”
DID YOU KNOW? Good hand-eye coordination also affects other areas of life too, as it’s been linked to cognitive ability and social skills.