Can you Feel Better Gardening?

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Can you Feel Better Gardening?

By: Carol Giambri

Gardening can be healing and fun for people who suffer from arthritis, depression or another disease inside or outside the home.  It can be done in limited spaces like an apartment.  Some people may have a difficult time moving around or getting out of their pain.  Or, other health challenges.  I believe gardening is for both and my suggestions can be helpful for them.

 

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Why garden?
It is comforting to plant and watch things grow. Even if you are limited to bending or moving there are gardening devices that can help you.  A local gardening center may have watering “handles" that help you hold the sprayer differently.  Home Depot or Lowe’s may have longer hoses for you to work with.  
 

Your goal may be finding something works to help you get the goal done and enjoy the journey of planting and eating from the garden.  It may even be bench to kneel down on.  Growing and eating from the garden is a natural therapy to many. 

Help for Arthritis gardeners…
Do you know about ergonomic garden tools?  These can include a garden trowel, fork, hoe, or cultivator.  Don’t limit yourself but what you can’t do! Yes you can have fun gardening with the right tools!

Lifting off the depression…
Gardening can lift your moods.  For people suffering from depression have you considered growing lavender or roses organically? I am not suggestion chemicals as I don’t believe they enhance anything. I’m an organic type of grower and have been for years.  I have found it works and not going to go pollute my mind or body with the toxic smells the chemicals emit. 

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Give me sun…
For those who need a lift whether it be from depression or a mental challenge, sunshine can be helpful.  It is also a Vitamin D – mood lifter.  When possible take advantage of the sun being outside or open your shades or blinds for the sun rays to come in.  Have you considered a daily walk in the sun listening to Zumba music on your IPOD?  Maybe try to download a song and pay for the experience of Zumba music before buying a CD. 

It’s SAD…
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Many people suffer from this and have been helped by the sun to lift their mood.   Gardening can help take your mind off yourself and onto the earth and plants.

I’ll accept a D…
In school a D was a bad grade. I went for the A like some others.  However, here “D” is a good thing for people needing more sunlight and can't always find in it.  In the UK I have heard there is not a lot of sun.  In others parts of the same problem may be so; however, grabbing some of the Sunshine Vitamin, as Vitamin D is called, may be their blessing.  Your local health food store can help you further.  

Gardening “inside”…
Sometimes a small container garden box in the house either in winter or summer may be helpful for you.  But the sun may be missing, but the gardening may still happening with some sunlight.  There are herbs and vegetables that require less light.  Be aware that mints grows fast but needs its own container to avoid it taking over the entire area.  How about some fresh mint tea?  Have you ever grown lavender?   Basil smells heavenly and wonderful in salads and steamed veggies. 

Help for Arthritis gardeners…
I mentioned above specific tools to help with your "possible" limitations.  Let me say this again: don’t limit yourself but what you can’t do! Yes, you can try to do you best.  The best is all anyone can expect from themselves.  Even small steps closer to the garden are BIG steps possibly for you.  Go for it! We all have our own mountains or challenges to climb over but still we need keep moving up and aim to reach the sky. 

Reflecting and Acting…
Can you see how you can feel better gardening?  You may seen yourself challenged but now I have given you some tools you can consider to use to garden and have fun.  

Please comment and let me know if you are are going to suggest this to others. Let’s help people feel better together. Gardening is one way.  I can only reach so many people but can you help me spread the “feel good gardening" message.  Yes, eating healthy helps too so plan to eat more from the garden or buy where fresh produce is sold. Organic is best. 

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Carol Giambri is a writer, photographer, gardener and health food specialist living a green lifestyle for decades.  She sees beauty around her and has her camera always ready.  It can be a dog, fruit, vegetable, cloud or whatever catches her eyes.  She loves saving money, coaching people how to embrace healthy eating, gardening and living. Carol raising "worms." 

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Carolyn Hughes May 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

I totally agree with you on the benefits of gardening.
Last year I started a vegetable patch with the idea that it would save me money and encourage my kids to eat more healthy. But it gives me so much more!
An hour digging, weeding or just nurturing my seeds leaves me relaxed and de-stressed.
Happy gardening to you Carol :)

Lisa Birnesser May 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Great post, Carol! I helped plant our garden last weekend. I went to a beautiful local herb farm and picked out culinary herbs for my garden. I LOVE having my hands in the dirt. It really helps ground and refresh my energy. Thanks!

Norma Doiron @Where Aspiring Business Owners Start, Grow or Strengthen Their Business May 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Its funny; years ago we used to have our own garden.  Somehow, busyness got us and we got away from it. Now, at this season in my life I would love to return to it but I'm having a hard time convincing hubby. I will get there!  Just need a little convincing… tee-hee! And, when the time comes I will definitely re-read your great information. Thanks Carol!  x0x

Marie Leslie May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I love to garden. I love growing vegetables and I love growing flowers. I am so happy to have a large yard where I can do both after many years in the desert where very little would grow. There is just something so soothing and uplifting about getting out and getting a little dirty.

Helena May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

These are wonderful suggestions Carol! My parents always had a big garden when I was younger, but living here there's no outside space so I have been toying with the idea of trying to do something indoors. I really like your suggestion of going for a walk with Zumba music on the ipod. I love Zumba music, but never thought of just walking to it. Thanks!

Genevieve Lachance May 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I love gardening! Nothing more rewarding than watching your flowers grow and bloom! It's a nice way to get away from the everyday demands of life. Thanks for sharing! 

Carol Giambri May 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Lisa, Good for you.  Gardening is so much fun. I have not started to plant but for some herbs I am going to start throwing seeds in the grown.  Others, I will buy.  It sure is grounding. 

Carol Giambri May 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Helena, Container gardening inside would be ideal for you with right light and water.  However with little space outside a patio where some light comes is another thought.  Oh, Zumba to walking has to rock although I do classes and jump around and shake.  Fun for sure.

Carol Giambri May 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Norma, I got it!  The answer to convincing your hubby is to take charge of the project and show him how fresh you can get your produce and save money too.  It is also relaxing if he needs to de-stress from the day.  Go for it. 

Martha Giffen May 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

there is nothing better than being outside digging in the dirt!  I have a yard full of flowers, some of which I have inherited from my mother and grandmother's  yards and brings me such joy to see new blooms each year and remember where they came from!
It's amazing the benefits that can come from tending and watching something grow!

Alexandra McAllister May 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

Carol, you are truly a gardener! It must be in your blood! Another wonderful article, pics and I love seeing Princess G! She is such a beautiful young lady!  I am talking my room mate to take me to the market…I'd like to have an inside garden with some herbs…I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks so much! It truly brings a smile to my face every time I visit your site! Hugs to you and Molly!

Gina Parris May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hey Carol,
I recently put gardening on my list of things I want to really learn. My husband loves vegetable gardening. Yay!

Amanda Taylor May 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great blog post :) Very motivating!

Carol Giambri May 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Alexandra, I can't wait, but will, for pictures of your inside herbs.  You can do this all year round.  Talk about a stress buster when you see these herbs grow.  Thanks for compliment about Princess G.  She's in her swimsuit on my wall too.  I am so excited to bring you a smile here.  I want to be there for you here or there on Facebook too! Hugs to the furries.

Carol Giambri May 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Gina,
Yeah for your hubby love vegetable gardening.  It is so much fun.  Just can't enough of it and always late in planting it, but hey I use Earthboxes for some and get a head start even if it looks like I am late. Enjoy all your hubby brings to the table fresh from the garden.

Carol Giambri May 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Amanda,
Glad you like the blog post.  Will you garden inside or out this season?  Inside can be all year round.  Herbs?  Go for it.  Thanks for comment.

Lori May 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Gardening is such a great way to relax! I know a lot of people who garden. It is great!

Lorii Abela May 24, 2012 at 12:01 am

There are really a lot of people that goes into gardening because it makes them feel relaxed. Thank you for sharing this great article to us. 

Carl Mason-Liebenberg May 27, 2012 at 4:56 am

I love gardening! Wishing I could today…ahh but winter has me shut down for now…

Mandy Edwards May 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Great post! Wish I had the knack for gardening, I tend to have a black thumb!  I could not keep something alive if my life depended on it!  LOL!

Elise @ElisePhotini.com May 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I have gardens everywhere! WIndow sills, containers, flower beds, middle-of-my-lawn.  Nurturing growing things nurtures ME.  Thanks for sharing Carol!

Carol Giambri June 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

Lori, you are right. Gardening is relaxing. Who needs a bill when you can take in some garden activities and relax your body away.

Carol Giambri June 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

Lorii, I just love seeing things grow and find it relaxing as well.  Fun too. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri June 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

Carl, Keep winter there, but don't hold off gardening as you can grow stuff indoors with some light and water.  Maybe not a tomato plant but how about some mint. 

Carol Giambri June 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

Mandy, I bet you just never acquired the "magic" touch to having a green thumb.  Start with patience maybe.  Glad you are great what you are doing in your business world.

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Wow, Elise. Awesome to have so many gardens and nice oxygen to the air. Yeah.

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Mandy, you don’t need to have a green thumb. You can get the kiddos involved and just watch it grow. Easy peasy.

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Carl, hope winter goes by fast so you can get a garden going, but you do it inside with light and water. Ready? I want pictures please.

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Lorii, Gardening is really relaxing. Sometimes I have so much planting to do that I let the time slip away like now and the season doesn’t get longer but shorter here in Colorado.

Carol Giambri October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Martha,
Flowers are gorgeous. Growing edible flowers? Use in fresh salad or add on top of grains. Can also surround plate with flowers. Makes for eye appealing dish.

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