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personal experiences October 03, 2005 6:59 AM

i looked for more posts on garden therapy and couldn't find any for personal experiences, so here we go. i was born in a big city [sao paulo, brazil] and as a child our family used to go to our weekend house which was in the country and pretty raw in terms of landscape. my mother used to love to dig the dirt and plant and that was our weekends, my parents would be working on the land all day long and we would be playing. some years after moving to the u.s. i bought a house with front and back yards, they are not big, but have enough space to hold some planting and that's my relief. during the warm seasons i really spend a lot of time outside, just pottering around watering, triming and searching new things to grow nicely on those grounds. i consider my special therapy to come back from work and be able to quiet my mind just 'interacting' with this part of our lives that many times we forget as such, the earth, plants, the weather and our capacity to bring and control life in our own backyard.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 03, 2005 5:48 PM

I love my garden. When I am stressed over things at work or with family, I go out to the garden. Sometimes I just sit in the swing and look at the sky, other times I pull weeds like mad! It is so quiet in my garden. I can find peace in my reflections there.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 16, 2005 5:07 PM

Is anyone here? I keep checking back and finding no new posts! Maybe everyone is out in their gardens preparing them for winter, bringing in plants and repotting...they must be too busy to post any experiences here!??  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 18, 2005 9:11 AM

Itry to keep a vegetable garden and several flower gardens. I even built my own Labyrinth, it took three years to compleat. I find working in the garden a good stress realiver too. UNTILL i tried to have too much, then it became my stress. Now I am working on cutting back.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
hello October 21, 2005 2:44 PM

Hi there, not too many posts,huh? I have a huge garden and spend quite a bit of time in it. If I couldnt, I would probably go mad. Being outdoors, with my animals around, the insects, birds, makes me feel like I'm 'one with the universe', lol corny, but true. I like to think of myself as 'mother natures lil helper'. I have flowers galore, veggies, trees, cactus(live in Vegas, lots of cactus here) I like growing my own food, (I know whats in the soil, I know what chemicals they've been in contact with ,I know who has touched it, etc...) Always have flowers to cheer someone up. The trees I grow to sell to nursuries, friends, whomever. When I'm upset or stressed, working hard in the garden wipes it away. When peoples eyes light up when they see it, gives me pleasure. .....By the way, I have MANY kinds of seeds if anyone would like to have some for thier gardens. I am co-host of Flowers,Plants, Grasses and Seeds, and you can go there to see a list of whats available. Hope I'll see some more posts soon.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 21, 2005 4:29 PM

YEAH!! There are gardeners out there! I have been getting my garden ready for winter. I am in the middle of the US and the days are getting colder. We will probably have a good frost sometime this coming week so I have been busy re-potting and bringing plants in. My cats love this activity. My biggest problem for the next few weeks will be keeping the cats OUT of the plants. They just love my papyrus I brought in. At least they don't dig in that soil..too much water! I always feel better after working in the garden...just sitting out there is also benificial to my soul. For the most part, my garden is a couple small ponds and flowers. I used to can and freeze a lot of the veggies and fruits from my garden, but now that my kids are all grown and living far away, I don't do that so much. I know I probably should. Maybe next year.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 21, 2005 6:57 PM

My vegie garden was a big flop this year, first we were getting too much rain then not enough. I hope it will be better next year. I have been busy taking plants in to the greenhouse for the winter. I have pineapples and a lemon tree that have given me nice fruit. I also have a big bird of paradice that takes up a lot of room but has such beautiful flowers! I also grow some vegies in the greenhouse in the winter. I will go and check out your seed. All I have to share are some hopi yellow limas, very good.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 23, 2005 2:54 PM

Yeah, the summer was typically unpredictable. Too much rain, then not nearly enough. My mums are looking good now. I really don't know how they survived the lack of rain. City water just isn't that good for watering plants.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi there October 24, 2005 1:43 AM

Hello again, guess I'm pretty lucky, winters in Vegas are usually pretty mild, dont have to bring anything in. (Although we did have snow last Christmas, for about 10 hours, lol)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
English country garden October 24, 2005 4:35 AM

I'm in England so I'm getting my tiny garden ready for winter too - or would be, if only it would stop raining! My garden is a peaceful haven, I spend a lot of time out there just pottering amongst the plants. There are gentle wind chimes and the sound of running water and I grow a lot of herbs and scented plants, makes weeding etc a pleasure when you brush up against something and get a delicious perfume. I'm going to have to pack my water feature away this week before the frosts damage the fountain motor. Most of my herbs are past their best at this time of year but some of the flowers are putting on a good show still - the nasturtiums have had a population explosion and are looking spectacular and the lovely new rose 'Deep Secret' I bought in spring and planted by the front door has 4 flowers which smell absolutely gorgeous. I keep catching visitors having a sniff when I open the door. I planted lots of bulbs over the weekend so there'll be daffodils, tulips and alliums in the spring.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Gardens October 24, 2005 6:12 AM

I have been gardening for years, I'm also a gardener for Home Depot. I love to share seeds as well, I need to get back into it. I have lived in my house for 12 years now. The last hurricain Jennie last year took out 12 trees, I use to have a full shade yard now I have very little shade. I am converting my yard over .I live on a circle shaped road , and am on the inside pie peice. I have made the front half of my yard a huge butter fly garden . It has butter fly bushes, salvia milkweed, Alamanda dwarf and regular as well as the vine.The fence has Passion vines growing all over it. I also have some hedges of Tibachina and tons of Mexican petunias every where pink and purple. Somehing unusual that people always want a peice of is peanute ground cover, they have the cutest little yellow flower and spread accoss the top of the ground. I have tulips in the fridge it's still to early to put them in the ground. Everyone have a wonderful week! Tammy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Gardens October 24, 2005 10:32 PM

dear Tammy, thanks for describing a wonderful looking garden :^) does your passion vine give any fruit? i'm originally from Brazil and passion fruit is something really special to enjoy as far as flavor and beauty - the flowers are beautyfull! congrats e good luck with your little eden, everybody :^) From: Tammy A Date: Monday, October 24, 2005 - 6:12:15 AM I have been gardening for years, I'm also a gardener for Home Depot. I love to share seeds as well, I need to get back into it. I have lived in my house for 12 years now. The last hurricain Jennie last year took out 12 trees, I use to have a full shade yard now I have very little shade. I am converting my yard over .I live on a circle shaped road , and am on the inside pie peice. I have made the front half of my yard a huge butter fly garden . It has butter fly bushes, salvia milkweed, Alamanda dwarf and regular as well as the vine.The fence has Passion vines growing all over it. I also have some hedges of Tibachina and tons of Mexican petunias every where pink and purple. Somehing unusual that people always want a peice of is peanute ground cover, they have the cutest little yellow flower and spread accoss the top of the ground. I have tulips in the fridge it's still to early to put them in the ground. Everyone have a wonderful week! Tammy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
apologies October 24, 2005 10:43 PM

i'm new in using this site more in depth and just realized that i've been answering the emails that i receive in my regular email and therefore they are not posted here... probably are lost in the cyberbardo lol my apologies to all authors, i did reply your messages... and here i was so happy 'talking' with all these cool people ;^D Love, myrna.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Good morning Myrna October 25, 2005 8:00 AM

Thanks for writting back... So far my passion vines do not give fruit I have been told it takes a couple of years for them to fruit.I have the red and the purple so far and would like to collect all the different colors and types. I have a huge 6 foot chain link fence they love and are running down. Hopefully they will fruit next year and I can cultivate the seeds to share! (grin) You have a great week! Tammy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 26, 2005 4:31 PM

I am so happy to see messages here now! All your gardens sound so lovely, I can almost smell the flowers through my computer! My order from Brecks came in this week. I have planted my crocus. The daffodils will have to wait until this weekend - if it doesn't rain! We need the rain so badly right now, I wouldn't complain a bit if the daffodils had to wait a bit longer.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
draught? October 26, 2005 4:45 PM

where do you live? i live in new jersey and it feels like i'm in a swamp when i walk in my garden these days..!!!.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experiences October 31, 2005 6:32 AM

Hi Myrna, I have been out of town for a conference and didn't see your post until today. I live in Kansas. We have been very very dry for the past month and a half. Fortunately we are getting a real soaker of rain today! My garden will be very happy!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 31, 2005 2:06 PM

I love passion vines too, I planted one hardy one this year and it bloomed so nice. I also have one that goes to the greenhouse. If my green house were bigger I would want to collect many different kinds. Most of my flower garden is for the butterflies espeacialy monarchs so i grow a lot of milkweed. It's fragrance in the evenings is so strong and sweet many kinds of moths visit it in the evenings.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
personal experience November 26, 2005 10:38 AM

i learned as a small child while working along side my grandmother in her garden how wonderful you feel when tending your garden. when i got older and stress reared its ugly head. i returned to my childhood memories of peace and relaxation and i landed in my grandmothers garden. since then i have planted a garden everywhere i have lived and for friends who wished to have one. it is such a great feeling to see all the wonderful plants poke through the ground and grow to maturity under your loving hand. to eat fresh from your own plot is such a beautiful thing. i would have to say the most healing taste from my garden are the tomatoes. there is absolutely nothing better to me than to sink my teath into one of my tomatoes.so much flavor. Not like store bought warehouse tomatoes that lack flavor. but they taste pure and fresh the way they should. it doesn't take much to get a garden going. i once live in an upstairs apartment with a very small patio.I was determined to grow my garden so i bought 8 bags of garden soil and lined the outside of my patio with them. i then cut a hole in the top of each bag and planted my herbs, tomatoes, cucmbers and zuchini, sunflower, and roses,fresia, and tulips. it greww wonderfully. that small garden was one of my best and most healing.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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