This has been the first decent spell of weather we've had this year and I've just spent almost all day in the garden. I'm exhausted but I also feel great. This got me thinking about the benefits of tending a plot.
Gardening promotes the practice of self-care in many ways. You get out in the fresh air and get physical exercise (sometimes too much - I'll let you know tomorrow!). It's a great way to clear your head and sort your thoughts. Getting plants to grow can give you a great sense of achievement and there are the obvious benefits of growing edible crops. Gardening is a great creative outlet too and for many people their garden becomes a calming and peaceful sanctuary.
We can also learn a lot from plants -
Be yourself - a rose doesn't try to be a fern, ivy doesn't try to be a daffodil. Plants know what they are meant to be and that's what they do.
Start a fresh - plants don't look back - they might have had greenfly last year, or maybe someone forgot to water them, but this year's a new year and none of that matters anymore.
Find your place - plants thrive given the best conditions. Some need sun, some need shade. Some need damp soil, some need a dry spot. Find your own ideal "growing conditions".
Wait until it's your time - if it's a cold Spring plants wait a while for the soil to warm through a little before they start sending up new shoots. Follow their example, decide when the time is right for you.
... and remember ..
If you feel like you need a small treat after all that work then here are some lovely gifts for the green-fingered. Just click on the photos to get more details.
... and if you want some gardening inspiration, have a look at one of my favourite Pinterest boards.