Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis

  title={Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis},
  author={Masashi Soga and Kevin J. Gaston and Yuichi Yamaura},
  journal={Preventive Medicine Reports},
  pages={92 - 99}

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