Modern life can be stressful and there has been much written about this along with ways to relieve stress. There is a very pleasant way to relieve stress and it’s called gardening!
To get the most from gardening as a stress reliever the first thing is to treat it as a hobby and not a chore. Gardening can be very technical and plants can have all kinds of requirements so if you are stressed, choose to grow plants that are easy to maintain. Make a note of those that need pruning or deadheading and use that time to relax and look after the plants. Make sure that you choose plants that will grow in the type of soil in your garden and how much light they need, and allow for the size to which they will grow. Plant labels carry this information. Apart from watering that is the sum total you will need to make a start.
Make sure that you choose plants that will grow in the type of soil that you have in your garden and how much light they need, and allow for the size to which they will grow. Plant labels carry this information. Apart from watering that is the sum total you will need to make a start.
Don’t get too hung up on anything else. As you enjoy your garden you will learn things that will make your gardening more enjoyable and adventurous. I personally have planted things and have been told by ‘experts’ that the plant won’t flourish and die, only to see that plant do really well.
Plants in pots too are good, especially if your garden is small or you only have a window box. The action of watering and with potted plants feeding them is a stress reliever. It takes your mind away from events that have created stress in your life.
Time spent in the garden allows you to connect with nature so having plants that attract, bees, butterflies, and birds allows you to see more than you would normally. If you wish to enjoy food from the garden then look to plant a few things that you can eat during the year.
For me, I prefer to obtain my food from a shop as my garden is small. I like to look at the flowers and don’t really have that much room to do both. If you have room for a vegetable patch or even a greenhouse then you can eat what you sow!
If you have room for a vegetable patch or even a greenhouse then you can eat what you sow!
Cut yourself off from stress.
Unless there is a very good reason then don’t take your phone into the garden, cut yourself off from a potential source of stress.
A garden, no matter how small can give great pleasure and help to relieve stress. Just looking out of the window on a cold and wet day at your garden brings enjoyment and if birds are visiting even better. Putting out proper bird food will eventually attract birds even if none are visiting now, especially this should be done in the winter when the birds’ natural food supply might be hard for them to obtain. I read recently that watching birds is also a good stress reliever so a double bonus from your garden.
I hope that you are able to get out in the garden and enjoy your time. Let me know your experience by leaving a comment in the box below.