Today I have another fun stress busting exercise for you. Go plant something. I’m serious. There’s something very relaxing about sticking your hands in the dirt, remember making mud pies when you were kid? It’s also incredibly rewarding when you can make a plant grow. Give it a try and see if even a quick 30 minutes spent puttering around in the garden doesn’t make your stress levels go way down.
There’s just something very relaxing about being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Having your hands in good, clean soil is a lot more pleasant than you may think and the microorganisms in the soil are beneficial. I recently read that planting and sticking your hands in soil can help fight depression. That alone is a great reason to try planting or gardening.
One of the wonderful things about gardening is that it can come in many different forms and shapes. You don’t need a big plot of land or even a yard at all to take advantage of it. You can plant something on your kitchen counter, your window sill (unless you have cats that eat anything you try to grow like I do), or your balcony. Let’s take a closer look.
Where to Plant
You can start very small with a few containers on your counters and in the window. From there you can add a few larger containers on the patio, or window boxes. For many of us, including me, this is as much gardening as we want to do and it’s a great place to start for anyone. You get your hands dirty, have something to go water and tend to on a daily basis and get the satisfaction of seeing the plants grow and thrive.
Raised garden beds, I aspire to these, are a great introduction to larger scale gardening. Start slow and see what you like and don’t like. Then expand every year until your garden is at a level that you’re comfortable at. You’ll love how much more relaxed you’ll be almost as much as the sweet fruits of your harvest.
What to Plant
When it comes to what types of plants you want to grow you have just as many options or more. If you’re looking for something simple, plant a few herbs and keep them on your kitchen sink. If you enjoy flowers, create a little flower bed in your front yard, put up a window box, or buy a hanging planter.
If you want to get started growing some edible plants, how about a salad bowl that can sit on your counter and grow fresh lettuce for you. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries all do really well in containers that can sit on your patio or balcony.
Once you move out into the yard with bigger plots, you can look at different types of vegetables including beans, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash and more. Planting a few fruit hedges or trees are another fun option and something that will bring you joy and produce for years to come.
Remember, the important thing isn’t what or how. The important part is that you enjoy what you’re doing and that you find it relaxing. Play around with planting different things in different places and containers and see what works well for you. Oh, and the other important thing to remember is...water them.