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Gardening Saved My Sanity December 30, 2004 1:22 AM

I was rudely 'dumped' by a boyfriend some 10 years ago (wow! i can't believe it was that long ago!) and I really needed something to get my mind focused on other things. Aha! The overgrown backyard! When we moved into this house back in 1979, the backyard was a complete mess and we have 1.5 acres of useable 'area'! My Dad & Merm ripped, sweated, swore, and planted Rose Bushes, veggies, and started lots of Raspberry bushes. Then...Merm found out she was highly allergic to mold & other things that live in the soil. Dad kept up w/ the Raspberry bushes & the veggies, but... And then I stepped in w/ a plan! It's lovely to live in an area that has maybe 6" of good soil & then you hit rock and more rock and...I have probably moved 20+ wheelbarrows worth of rocks (big & small)! Dad and I toiled for about 4 years just ripping out vines, tree roots, building 2 compost piles, and swearing at the wild critters! Gardening really gave me an outlet and after several failures (mostly Deer eating baby plants), I now have 9 Beds- some are shade, partial shade, sun and am always gratified when I go out in the Spring and see little green shoots coming up :)! My "Church" are my gardening Beds and I feel very close to God and my Dad (i can hear Dad whispering- "you need to weed again!") when I am playing in the dirt. I am very lucky that Richmond (my new Husband) understands my obsession & has helped me in various ways... Gardening is Good for One's Soul!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Soooo True! December 30, 2004 11:15 AM

Isn't it wonderful how you feel a part of the whole picture? How in tune you feel when you garden? It is not only good for the soul, but all of the sweating, ( and deep breaths you take before swearing LOL) are good for the body as well! The same sun that nurtures your gardens are equally good for you and moods! There is nothing (in my opinion!) that does so much for us! Glad to meet you! Trish G  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 30, 2004 7:19 PM

Dear Trish, I am still amazed when I start little seeds of Marigolds or Strawflowers (new one for me this year) and these HUGE plants grow! I really like Nasturtium's- easiest ones by far- and I was majorly surprised to have 2 different colors growing from one plant stem! God does like a good joke, doesn't He? :D I enjoy designing & re-designing my Garden Beds...some plants do die after several years (sniff, sniff)...hopefully, I can figure out a way to upload some of the photo's that Dad & I took of the old areas and what they evolved into. I am still "enthralled" by all the changes we managed to accomplish before he died (7/26/01) & things I've managed to do by myself since then! It gives me comfort. God Bless, A.J.aka "ajlikesworms"  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 02, 2005 9:12 AM

Hi, Gardening saved my sanity as well, or was my means of stress relief. It is odd, during the Spring and the Summer months when I come home from work, I would be very tired and bummed out from a bad day at work and dread having to do work around the yard. Then, once I began, I found myself drifting away and before I knew it, 3 hours or so have gone by and I found myself smiling. I also LOVE to sit on my deck in the Spring and Summer and watch, listen, and breathe in the Nature around my house. I have 7 bird feeders and 3 bird baths in my back yard and there usually is quite a bit of activity. :-) I have tried to create a little animal sanctuary in my back yard. One of my goals is to add a little pond. Being out in Nature like that is my way of meditating. :-) Take care, Linda  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
gardening saved my life January 03, 2005 1:25 AM

Living with season affective disorder and cronic depression in NE I've gone into deep depressions many winters. Thoughts of suicide to end the inner pain were constent through to February. Then the gardening catologes would start comming in the mail. Just reading them brightened my days. Thoughts of sprouting seeds, the smell of soil, planning the gardens began to give me a reason to live. Finally the snow would melt in April and sprouts began to appear the flower gardens. Life seemed good once again. Gardens are very healing to both the spirit and the physic. Life is better now and I spend as much time as I can learning about plants and growing them.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 04, 2005 5:35 AM

Being the oldest person here (I turned 84 this past August), I think I've been 'gardening' since I was old enough to tell the difference b/w a vegetable sprout and a weed! I grew up w/ 7 siblings (boy, girl, girl, boy, girl, girl, boy & then me!), on a farm that included, but not limited to: Pigs, cows, chickens, horses (mostly for transportation), corn & wheat fields, a vegetable garden, herbs- for medicinal use mostly & various other items. As each child came along, you were 'given' a bit of plot to weed & tend to and you learned to milk, feed the pigs, etc. I have always enjoyed smelling freshly-turned over dirt! As I have gotten older and especially since my dear Edna died some 11 years ago, I notice a tendency to want to become 'reculsive' from November til mid-March...could be S.A.D., could be arthritis- all I know is that I spend waay too much time looking at seed catalogs & pampering my herbs in my sun room! :D  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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