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Gardening deals with the cultivation of plants with a goal of creating an aesthetically pleasing environment or growing fruits and vegetables for food. When people think about gardening, they frequently think about the lady down the street who clipped her roses throughout the spring and summer, or about their grandmother cutting fresh flowers to put on the dinner table. But there are other sides to gardening. Many doctors recommend that their patients who are at risk for, or have had, heart attacks or stroke take up gardening. There is a belief that digging one's hands into soil can calm the spirit and take a patient's mind off the pain, not to mention the bending and standing and moving and clipping that affords a mild workout for those who need a workout most. Recreational gardening became popular with the cottage gardens of the Elizabethan period which contained not just flowers, but beehives and livestock.

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