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Gardening is soothing, a responsibility, a stress reliever, gives a sense of production and the sight and smell of flowers is wonderful for the mind – my potted plant garden

My potted peach roses in May 2014

My potted peach roses in May 2014

Before I start, I can tell you that I do not have a garden, sadly, but I do have a driveway area the front of my house and, apart from my car, I have a mixture of twenty odd pots close to the house door and wall. I began building my collection last year, when I first moved in and felt like settling down, in mind and body, as my mental health issues were reducing.

Since then, my pets and my pot garden have been two of my best sources for de-stressing, as well as wonderful days out, learning and experiencing new things, which I have written about recently. All are simple things really; we can home pets that suit our abilities and who need little or a lot of care, we can build gardens that need little or much care, and we can take days out that require little or much money. It’s our choice, but there’s a choice for everyone.

I began setting up my pot garden last year when I moved into my little house and to see things popping up that I never expected to repeatedly grow and flower from last year is amazing. I have since added seedlings and ready to go plants to my pot collection, and it gives me great pleasure to observe them growing and flowering, or to water them and move them around depending on what colours go best together. Titus, my cat, loves to hang out with me while I potter too.

Watching my plants and flowers grow and change give me a sense of pride and when my daffodils came out I snipped them off and brought them indoors to enjoy them even more.

I hope that you like gardening too and enjoy the outdoors. If you don’t then there’s no reason not too – you don’t need a garden, just a little space to grow things in pots, but I could almost guarantee it will brighten your life to grow something, whether it be herbs, vegetables, flowers, plants or trees!

Whether you have holidays, days out, do gardening, go to therapy, adopt or foster a new pet, or any other of things I do for my well being, I hope it works for you – enjoy your life NOW!

Amanda 🙂

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4 comments to Gardening is soothing, a responsibility, a stress reliever, gives a sense of production and the sight and smell of flowers is wonderful for the mind – my potted plant garden

  • Paula

    Amanda (Sandra? Amandasandra? Amandasandradoyouhaveapanda? 😉

    I just moved in with a friend who has a back yard, and though I’m not responsible for any of the garden this year, perhaps next summer we will work together on it. In the meantime I am so enjoying the sanctuary – the lot is so wooded that I feel like I am back on top of the mountain in Tennessee where my family lived for a year, and just listening to the cicadas at night is amazing. I appreciated this particular phrase in your post especially: “we can home pets that suit our abilities and who need little or a lot of care, we can build gardens that need little or much care, and we can take days out that require little or much money. It’s our choice, but there’s a choice for everyone.” Indeed, you have the secret there.

    • amandagreenauthor

      hahaha. Ooh sanctuary, now that sounds wonderful! I love hearing cicadas! I must say I was quite pleased with that sentence when you highlighted it to me. I generally write something, post it and that’s it, but to re-read is nice. Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  • Lloyd Lofthouse

    We have a lot of space for a garden, but we also live on a slope with a lot of rock under a thin layer of not very nutritious top soil, and to grow anything is a lot of work. But my wife loves the flowers and the fruit from her labor so she spends a lot of time on that steep slope. She also maintains three large compost bins where grass, oak tree leaves and the vegi and fruit kitchen scraps go–the property has a half dozen 80 foot tall oak trees that are several centuries old. Egg shells and coffee grounds also are added to the compost when we have those two items to add.

    My job is usually the Spring weeding for close to a half acre that’s a lot of weeds on a steep slope but it is also a way to relax, practice your ability to improve your balance to avoid falling in addition to the exercise. There is also the pleasure of finishing the weed whacking for the day and taking a refreshing shower. In fact, in an hour or so, I’ll be on that slope working hard to keep my balance as I remove the wild plants to make sure the fruit trees and flowering shrubs have a better chance at success.

    Oh, and in the Fall, I get to rake up oak leaves for those compost bins and that many giant oak trees produce a lot of leaves. :o)

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