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Lately, because of the long community quarantine, I have been stressed.
Like really stressed.
I am having headaches and my stomach gets upset the whole time!
Stress is the culprit behind many health conditions. It is no wonder why people like me are seeking relief from the side effects of living with a pandemic and the stress it brings.
While over-the-counter meds can really help, doctors will also warn that the relief is temporary.
So one of the reliefs I did: I created a garden haven!
I really love flowers…
Creating a garden haven that can bring peace and calmness to my life is an idea I totally dig!
With a little effort, plus of course, a little cash outlay, you can create a little oasis right in your own backyard that will help restore your balance at any time you feel anxious and overwhelmed.
How Do You Set Up Your Personal Garden Haven?
Setting up your personal garden haven is quite easy.
First, of course, you need to choose a space. This space should be sunny so that your plants will grow healthy.
Second, you need a water supply to water your plants.
When I was starting my garden, I did not have the water supply installed immediately. I used drums for the meantime and used my trusty garden watering can (It did give me lots of arm workout haha).
Having water inside a plastic drum can be tricky. What I do is try to have clean water in the drum at all times, because lots of insects and pests thrive in water!
I use round drum liners to keep the drum and the water inside clean and free from pests.
During the rainy season, I used cap sheets to really seal the drum opening (because mosquitoes might breed inside) and drum liners to make the drum clean.
The benefits of using these drum liners (I dig those from International Plastics, by the way) are endless!
- Drum liners make my water drums clean.
- I don’t need to buy new drums always because these drum liners make them look so clean.
- I don’t need to clean them all the time.
- And I don’t have to contend with water full of mosquito larvae!
Third, choose plants that are acclimated to your area. Some people choose vegetables and fruit plants, while others would love to have a flower garden. The first rule of stress-free gardening is to always make sure that you are planting what you want. Why? Because if you choose plants that you love, gardening won’t seem to be a toll.
Fourth, when choosing plants that you love, always choose plants that you don’t have to fret over. You sure would not want plants that will stress you!
Fifth, look for plants that are hardy. Plant pests are also one of the things you have to look after so make sure you are not planting plants that don’t require extra care.
Sixth, consider the size of your garden.
Choose a garden that is just the right size for you. If you create a garden that is big enough for you to handle and maintain, you may get overwhelmed with all the plants you have to take care of.
It’s always best to start small so that you don’t have a lot of demands on you at once. Then as you work in the garden, slowly add to the size of it little by little. That way, you’ll grow accustomed to dealing with the new arrivals in small blocks rather than all at once.
And once everything is in place, experience total calm when you go into your garden haven.