August is often when the fruits of our labors reveal themselves. Gardens planted in late spring are now (hopefully) full of life and we are left reaping and sharing the bounty. In reflecting on this further, I couldn't help but think of all of the benefits a garden provides.
Think of the enjoyment as you begin the initial planning in the spring, and the pure satisfaction of seeing the first sprouts of green peeking up through the soil – leaving you in joyful anticipation of what is to come. Having a garden in your life can be restoring. It gives you something to care for, celebrate, and later on, even gives something back.
Think of how you feel when you receive a beautiful bouquet of garden flowers or fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer's market or maybe a few treasures shared with you from a generous friend or neighbor. It's priceless. Having a garden can nourish your spirit and your body.
If you don't have a lot of space, start a little potted garden in your windowsill or on your patio. If you have physical limitations, ask a friend or family member to help you get things started. Once the plants are in their place, it just takes a few minutes every day to water, prune and care for your them.
Gardens can also hold special significance, such as survivor or memorial gardens or neighborhood plots where people come together to plant and care for the garden. What an incredible way to keep in touch with others, get a little physical activity and stay healthy with fresh produce.
How has gardening offered you healing and restoration?
An additional discussion that may be of interest: Nature and its role in your mental health.