Prior to becoming a mommy to a feisty and demanding little boy, I used to spend all my free time in the garden. Working in nature has such a calming effect on me, almost meditative. While I don’t garden as much as I used to, I still do find time to potter about in the yard on the odd occasion and it is by far my favorite hobby and past time.
I love to do all sorts of gardening, from growing plants from seeds to trimming hedges and clearing branches, I even enjoy the more physical work like cutting the grass and cutting back unruly bushes. I find it to be the best kind of exercise and I am always surprised how my body feels like it has had a good work out after just a few minutes in the garden.
I get such a thrill out of watching something grow, especially when I have planted it as a tiny seed. I have planted and grown a huge variety of plants quite successfully, from succulents, roses and flowering shrubs to fruits, herbs and vegetables. At the moment I am going through a “rose” phase and I have been scouring the internet on how to grow roses perfectly by pruning, watering and feeding them correctly (and how to get rid of nasty bugs as naturally as possible).
Some of my flowering roses:
I have also been working on a little cactus garden, which is one of my show pieces at the moment, and I show it off with such pride! My dad gave me this wooden box, which was initially intended for some herbs. But since I have a toddler running around the yard, I try avoid planting thorny plants – I then had this brilliant idea of doing a mini cacti garden in the box, and to then place it in a safe spot, safe from little fingers.
My Cactus Garden In A Box:
Now that my son is a little older, I try get him involved in doing some gardening too. That way I get to keep him busy and me busy, doing one of the things I love best! I think involving kids in nature and encouraging them to spend time enjoying the outdoors is a wonderful trait to teach. My son loves to dig with me, plant flowers and his favorite: watering the plants! It is also a lovely way for us to spend some quality bonding time together, there is much pleasure in appreciating nature with a little person who sees everything from a fresh perspective.
My son planting flowers for his teachers:
In this day in age we are so busy trying to keep up with the day-to-day tasks that the world demands of us that we have less and less time for our hobbies, but it’s our hobbies that help feed our souls really, a fed soul does a much better job at surviving! Make time for your hobbies, share them with others and be proud of them. Thank you for allowing me to share my hobby with you!
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Alfred Austin
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