Gardening as therapy!

The winter garden can also be very beautiful!
The winter garden can also be very beautiful! | Source
A bright yellow flower shines like the sun in spring!
A bright yellow flower shines like the sun in spring! | Source
Make sure you have some bright colors in the summer!
Make sure you have some bright colors in the summer! | Source
Lovely autumn colors!
Lovely autumn colors! | Source

The benefits you get from gardening are many and some of them are maybe not the one you first think of!

Fresh air and nature

The obvious benefits you get from gardening are fresh air and the opportunity to be outside. While working in the garden, you notice the seasons and become more aware of the nature and the wildlife that surrounds your home. You can see and hear birds, and you learn to recognize different birds in the garden. With migratory birds, I sometimes feel like it must be "that" same bird I saw the year before, because it looks exactly the same and the bird behave in the same way. After a few years, the birds can feel like old friends, even if the feeling is most certainly pure imagination! Any way, the birds helps to create a living and interesting atmosphere in the garden.

Comply with the seasons and weather

If you spend much time in the garden you will become more aware of the seasons, and the colours change according to season. In the winter the green colour come from evergreens but also trees, shrubs and rigid perennials make the garden interesting. In the spring, trees, shrubs are bursting into flower and their leaves transform the garden with the fresh green of their leaves. In the summer the colours get hotter and the perennials and annuals are at their best, and trees and shrubs seem to retreat and become background. The autumn comes with misty light and fiery colours. Yellows and reds of maples turns into an explosion of colours before the trees lose their leaves and it all starts over gain. The garden also changes its appearance after weather and if you spend time in the garden in all kinds of weather you will discover that the weather will give you different feelings. Gardening in rainy weather can be quit soothing, while gardening in windy weather can be invigorating.

Colours and shape

Colour and shape can have a great influence on people. You can touch and feel an object’s shape, so shape can be experienced with multiple senses. Sensation of colour is mostly experienced with the eyes but it can also affect the experience of a room or an area. Often we are not aware of how much colour affects us, or in what way. Colour has always been important to us, and it is personal which colour we prefer. Some colour suits some better than others. It has to do with your personality, temperament and also a person’s appearance. In the garden you can surround yourself with the colours you like best.

Health and exercise

And of course, by gardening we get health and diversity training. By digging, planting, watering and raking you get excellent exercise that involves all part of the body both physically and mentally.

You decide!

Our daily life’s contains many duties, rules and limitations. We spend a lot of time on obligations like family relations, parenting, other social relations, work. In the garden there aren’t any rules! That is the best of it all! You can create any kind of garden you like. You decide if the flowerbeds should have straight or curved shape, if the beds are to be raised or flat. You decide the flowers, the colours, their height and shape. You can create a flowerbed that looks like an explosion in hot and fiery colors, or one in pure white. If you like dark and Gothic theme you can create a room in the garden s a dark garden with flowers that have almost black colours. The garden can be divided into several different rooms, so you can experience the colour that best suites you for the day or the moment.

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My best moments in the garden!

My best moments in the garden are often the times when I end up doing something that isn’t planned. It can occur when I walk around in the garden on one of my rounds, picking up a died leaf, weeding as I walk. Sometimes I then get an idea! The idea can be triggered from a thought, a plant may not thrive where it is planted and need to be moved. In the process of moving the plant, thoughts and ideas flash trough my head. "If I do that, move that plant there", and then to get the plant’s colour to appear more clearly maybe it all need to be complemented with "that" colour. Suddenly, I found myself in a creative flow of ideas, where everything around pales. I think of nothing else than what I just create! It can be a small area, and with just a few plants, gravel, rocks, a bowl of water, sticks or other subjects, a masterpiece is created!

And the good part is; if you are not satisfied, you can reorganize it, over and over again, until maybe the plants give up and refuse to participate in any more moving. And even better, you can in most times, afford to make mistakes. Yes, It is sad when a shrub or perennial dies, but hopefully, you have learned from the mistakes, and you will do it right the next time!

Gardening as therapy

Gardening has recently been recognized as one of the best methods to treat depression and fatigue. We can use the garden to became happier, healthier more harmonious and creative. A small garden is enough! It’s about enjoying the little things. Be able to feel the grass under your feet, snip of a few withered flowers or enjoy the fragrance. To spend time in the garden give us new energy in everyday life. In the garden we found the very essentials of life; to bee needed, to feel like a part of the natural cycle, to be creative and to have something to look forward to. I think gardening is excellent for your mental health. Few things in life can be as rewarding as when you admire the result of your effort. And in the process you have been productive, healthy, creative and you have endured mental relaxation at the same time.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Ah, yes! Wonderful to meet you. I enjoyed the hub and yes, we know gardening has endless benefits. It certainly reduces stress for all the reasons you mention. There is some saying that I know I don't have correctly but it is something like 'there is no place on earth closer to heaven than a garden' - lovely!

Rated up!


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Thank you, BkCreative, for your kind words. We are indeed lucky to have access to a garden that helps us maintain health!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I totally agree. Gardening is part of my therapy. I love seeing things grow and being able to eat out of my own efforts. You have made a very well organized and interesting hub. Thanks.


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

elayne001, yes, eating your own vegetables is really tasty and worth the effort! In Sweden we now have late summer, so we can really enjoy! Thanks for your comment. I appreciate the feedback!


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

Wonderful hub. Gardening is emotionally satisfying and relaxing. I enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and, as you stated in the hub, being able to move the plants around and design my own little paradise. Thank you for sharing this, and welcome to Hubpages.


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Wife Who Saves, Thank you for yor welcome, and I am glad you liked the hub!


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Very nice article thoughtforce. In Mumbai, I can not afford a full garden. We have to live in an apartment in a high rise building. We have only a few small plants in varandah, even watering them is such a pleasure. You always feel they give a lot more to us for taking almost nothing. My wife takes much more care then me. She knows also a lot more then me about plants. Yes chillies, green peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, spinach etc. and of course flowers from your own plants give a different color and taste to life.


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! thoughtforce

I made a lot of spelling errors. Then should have been than


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi soumyasrajan, thanks for your comment. Fortunately, you dont need much space to grow flowers and some of the vegetables, and you could also enjoy some of them indoors. Either way, you can get feeling of joy and creativity. And you have also the advantage of beeing able to enjoy them while your wife takes care of them! And the spelling, I didnt see it until you pointed it out. We all do that, I know I do sometimes. I understood it anyway!


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Brilliant hub with lovely photos as well. I love pottering around in my garden and it is very theraputic. Actually we only have a paved patio but we grow everything in pots: From flowers to veg to a gooseberry bush. Our latest is a rhubarb plant. I'm not sure how it will thrive in a tub but we will find out. Thank you for sharing this hub thougtforce and also in bringing it to life!! Take care and God bless.


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Eiddwen, I am glad you liked it. A patio garden can be just as good as a garden, and it is easy to change it! Thanks for stopping by!


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Varenya 6 years ago

I totally agree: I cannot live without my garden and all my plants; even in winter I use to walk among them who are sleeping under the snow. Numberless are the benefits that we humans receive from vegetation, from relax to food and so on...many thanks for this beautiful hub!


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Varenya, Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment! Just now, I can enjoy the autumn with the lovely colours, and the winter will comes later. Every season has its benefits in a garden!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi, nature and gardening or visa visa go and in hand, both are beneficial to our well being. The hub was well written and informative. The photographs are fantastic.


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

D.A.L, so right, a garden is like a little bit of nature that we try to make our own! But nature is the great master of gardening and give us all much joy and therapy!

Thank you, for your encouraging comment!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

I am in total agreement with this article.

My hubby is a 'horse trader', one morning as I was tilling my large garden, he had some visitors. Some old school mountain men.

Hubby told me this later.....the men would take a look at me plowing the garden, and then give him an evil look. Finally, one of the men said to him, " I can't believe you are standing here while your little wife is plowing that field."

Hubby said, " that's her garden, her tractor, YOU go take them away from her. She'll send me packing."


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Onegoodwoman, I know what you mean:) Many people consider gardening is a painful necessity that someone in the family must do. And that is as it should! If they don´t like gardening it is of course a nuisance! I would hate to spend a day watching a big sporting event! But to dig and work in the garden is pure joy and relaxation for me! It cant be explained for those who don´t! But your hubby has learned I can see....:)Thanks for your valuable comment. It takes one to know one!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Hello thoughtforce. This is a wonderful hub. I also love spending time in my gardens, both vegetable and flowers. It is how I relax. I actually wrote a hub on it a while back too. We have had a vegetable garden for 25 years now and it is still like a treasure hunt for me every morning when I go out to pick it. When my flowers are in bloom, you will find me out there either digging in the dirt or taking pictures, it's what I love! This is a wonderful hub, thank you for sharing it! :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi sgbrown,I am pleased to find another garden lover here! I guess it is difficult to explain this for someone that don't like gardening, that we actually find the time in the garden relaxing:)) Yes, the morning tour in the garden is the best moment on a day, the creativity and the ideas just comes from nowhere!

Thanks for your great comment and I look forward to read your hub!

Tina


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Yes to spend time in the garden by yourself is heaven. Just watching life being created is awesome. I amazes me every time when the seed and tiny plants I transplant turn into vegetables and flowers.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and Awesome


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Viking, I hear that you enjoy gardening as much as I do! I look forward to spring and summer now and can't wait to get my hands in the soil and say hello to all my friends there:) To spend time in the garden gives me something for all my senses, it is awesome! Thanks for reading and for the votes, I am so happy to meet you!

Tina

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