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Relieving Stress by Gardening

June 30th, 2016

Gardening is a great way to relieve stress especially since the weather is getting nicer. Here are some tips on how to begin a herb or vegetable garden as found on Gardeners.com.

Choose your space wisely.

It is advisable to choose a place with good amounts of sunlight and easy to water. If you are growing your herbs inside choose a place by a window that gets plenty of sunlight. Depending on your space it is not advisable to try to grow vegetables inside. You also don’t need to worry about putting everything in rows. It might be easier if you are labeling your herbs to have them in an organized manor but you don’t need to put everything in rows if you don’t want to. Just make sure the plants will have enough space to grow.

Use your space efficiently.

If you have a small space outside and are trying to grow vegetables you can try trellising or adding vertical support so your vegetables can grow upward and not outward. This can work well especially with vining crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes and variety of beans.

Remember to water.

Remember to check often on your garden and water as necessary according to the herb/vegetable recommendation. If your garden is inside, it should work out well to have a watering schedule. If it is outside you can skip watering if it has rained but make sure to check on the garden and see if there are any indicators of drying such as cracked soil or wilting leaves.

Keep a journal.

Keeping a journal is also a great way to learn how to garden. By documenting water and sunlight amounts as well as growth it will be easier for you to garden efficiently. You can also document any mistakes you made so that you don’t repeat them. This knowledge will help you determine the optimal amounts of water, sunlight, and location.

Harvest and enjoy!

When your herbs and vegetables are ready it is time to harvest them and include them in your favorite meals! You will find that gardening is an excellent way to relieve stress and very rewarding when you are chowing down your very own herbs and vegetables.