See How Your Garden Grows: Managing Stress in Your Backyard

Man watering the plantsWhether it’s a small space near the window or a large empty backdoor area, gardening has a vital way to relieve stress and improve your mood. You’d be surprised how decorating and transforming your garden can give you some peace while working on its development.

Unlike sports or other recreational activity, gardening as a stress reliever requires more time, patience, and, most importantly, your attention. You may notice how people admire lavish floral gardens that may already require professional lawn and landscape maintenance might have started just as a hobby for the owner.

Benefits

Gardening requires going out to experience sunlight. This is a good way for you to get adequate sunlight for Vitamin D needs. Like how outdoor enthusiasts find a great deal of comfort and peace by being close to nature, you can get the same kind of comfort without actually getting out for a hike. You can have your peace by merely stepping out and admiring your creation. Nature’s beauty is both admirable and inspirational. There is no greater joy than being involved in its cultivation and no greater feeling of accomplishment in its prosperity.

Getting Started

First, think of what type of plants you’d like to have in your garden. If you are considering a vegetable garden, start by exploring the idea of urban farming that promotes sustainable living. If you want a lush floral garden, consider the seasons associated with different flowers or start with a perennial garden that blooms shortly every year. All of garden type choices require a variety of maintenance styles, so it’s better to start small until you decide which one you are comfortable with.

Find Your Spot

Some people find small potted plants to be an adequate stress reliever, especially those that require a long time before you see your efforts come to life. In an urban setting, some people enjoy flowering plants in a small window easement or enjoy taking care of succulents. Whether it’s a small space or a full backdoor area, it is essential to know if it gets a full dose of sunlight and if it’s safe for the plants during harsh weather.

Get Dirty

Woman doing backyard gardeningFind a flat spot to start your garden since slopes can be tiring and time-consuming. Clear the ground by removing rocks, stones, or anything that would get in your way. Remove sod and slice them up to be turned into compost. Most homes have infertile soil since the top soil may have been removed while under construction. If you don’t want to till, you may put on compost or organic matter on top of the soil and let nature do it for you naturally (earthworms will eventually mix the compost or humus with the subsoil).

After improving your soil quality, you can now start planting your plant picks. Keep in mind that you can also use pots if you don’t want anything planted directly on the ground, but soil quality stays the same. Another easy way is to buy seedlings than trying to germinate your own from seeds and has a higher survival rate for first-time gardeners. Dig holes on prepared beds according to instructions (if you bought seedlings), place in a sufficient amount of humus. Place in the plants carefully and consider using mulch for added protection.

Keep It Going

Watering plants also follows a schedule depending on the plant where some need more water than the other. Take note of your location, weather, and soil type, and adjust your water schedule accordingly. One way of testing out is to dig your finger 3-4 inches into the ground. It’s time to water if it’s dry down there.

Focusing on your garden keeps your head off of things, and most gardeners feel the same way when they lose themselves in their garden work. Remember to stay on schedule and love your plants the same way you would love a pet. While each garden varies depending on the plants you decide to nurture, they all require sufficient attention to flourish. The satisfaction and pride will give you a sense of accomplishment you deserve.