Gardening: One of the Best Ways to Relieve Your Stress

If you are looking for a hobby that is number one in relieving stress, look no further than your own backyard or even your patio. Gardening is considered one of the top ways in which you can relieve the stress in your life. Sure it can be a lot of work but, it’s still one of the most rewarding hobbies around and it brings total gratification after you see the fruits of your labor.

Going out and planting a beautiful garden whether it’s in a big yard or just a small patio with potted plants is one of the best ways to create a feeling of peace and when you feel at peace stress is less likely to take over your life.

Just by getting out in the fresh air and sunlight is going to help lift your mood. Plus you also get a good dose of vitamin D when you are out gardening and this is definitely good for your health.

Gardening is something that also helps you to get more in touch with nature. When you are in touch with nature you feel a lot more removed from your daily stress. Often people tend to spend too much time indoors and their connection to nature goes unfulfilled and it’s something we all need and gardening can help us find that connection.

When you garden you can find a feeling of pride because you know that you personally are contributing to creating beauty. The beauty of nature a lone is a top notch stress reliever and there’s nothing like being part of that beauty by gardening. With gardening you can choose to create a place to meditate, a place to relax, a place for simply enjoying what nature has to offer without even leaving home to experience it.

So, why not think about starting your own space that you can call your own peaceful retreat? Take a look at the space that you have to work with before you start and then sit down and write down what your personal tastes are and then figure out how much time and money it’s going to cost you to create your own stress relieving garden. Then make a list of all the things that you will need to be able to create your very own piece of outdoors that will bring you beauty, peace and harmony. Sure when you first get started it might seem a little daunting and intimidating but just find articles online, in books or magazines that deal with gardening to help you find a lot of different ideas that you can work with, it won’t seem all that difficult of a task.

Here are a few tips to help you get started with your garden:

1.    Make sure that you know your site. Take some time to get more familiar with the area you want to set up your garden in. Stroll around the property with a little notebook and make a sketch of the area. Add notes to your little garden map about where the most sun is and where the most shade is. Make a list of your existing plants and finally just spend time daydreaming out in the area and see if anything creative pops into mind.
2.    Figure out what style of garden you want and what your final goal is. Do you want a Zen garden or an English Cottage garden for example. It all depends on the style you want in order to pick the right plants.
3.    When first starting off, it’s always a good idea to start off small. Remember, the bigger the garden the more work it’s going to be and if you’ve never done it before the last thing you want to do is to become discouraged. So, start small and then later on increase the size of your garden once you are use to the whole idea of it.
4.    Make sure you have a plan, no matter what size you are considering or what you want to plant you should always have a plan. By having a sketched out plan it will make it easier for you to decide on what kind of plants you want and where to place them once you get them.
5.    Make sure that you have all the right tools to work with and there is no need to go overboard with it. Keep it simple. The basics you will need are: gloves, a shovel, trowel, weeding tool, garden hose and spray nozzle, hand pruner, metal rake, leaf rake and that’s really all you need in the way of tools.
6.    Pick a mix of both perennials and annuals. You don’t want to have to have nothing but annuals where you will have to replant everything every year. Make sure you include perennials so you also have plants that return year after year without replanting.
7.    Most important, grow what you like and not what others say you should grow. It’s your garden not theirs.

Have fun and enjoy your new garden!

Darcy

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