What a Healthy Garden Says About You

Lush and colourful; a healthy garden speaks volumes about a person, besides the fact they have a green thumb. Your organic vegetable and herb garden grown in rich soil shows a reciprocal relationship between growing the plants and them feeding your body vital nutrients in return. A visually appealing and precisely maintained garden speaks of your organisational abilities and eye for beauty. What does your garden say about you?

Your personality is expressed through the aesthetic
design, layout and functionality of your green space.

Organised

Creating a beautiful garden requires consistency. It calls for specific care administered at the right time. Fruits, vegetables and herbs must be harvested at the right time to ensure they are ripe and fit for consumption. Plants must be seasonally cut back to allow new growth. Certain species should be grown separately, whereas placing certain contrasting species next to each other will stimulate growth, whilst creating a striking aesthetic. Plants must be watered in the cool of the morning, or afternoon, to avoid the sun evaporating the water, or burning a hole in wet leaves. Click here for examples of customisable products to increase the efficiency of watering your garden. An organised garden reflects your ability to compartmentalise the various aspects of your life, and create arrangements to maximise efficiency.

Good self-care

Gardening is good for your health. It is recommended as a stress relieving activity, allowing you to slow down from the bustle of everyday life, get in touch with the earth, stimulate your senses and immerse yourself in the natural world. A thriving garden is a result of a large investment of time and care. Your efforts will reward you with a sense of accomplishment, as you view a small offcut grow into a full bloom of its own. Diligently tending to your garden not only benefits your plants but also your holistic wellbeing.

Attention to detail

The devil is in the details. Fail to spot that tiny caterpillar, small web or black fungal spot and there may be no way to nurse your plant back to full health, or save the vegetables you have so conscientiously attended. A healthy garden says you understand the potentially dire consequences of not paying attention to the small details in life.

Creative

Creativity fuels the transformation from lifeless garden patch, to thriving bed of nutrient dense plants. There are no hard and fast rules about how you should organise your garden. Colourful, free flowing sweeps of colour to purposefully elegant and precise lines, your garden speaks volumes about your individuality. Your personality is expressed through the aesthetic design, layout and functionality of your green space.

Health Conscious

Happy herb gardens equal healthy bodies. Herbs are a natural remedy for many ailments. Certain herbs, such as lavender, lemongrass and chamomile can help reduce stress and promote better sleep quality. The latter doubles as a combatant against heart burn. Peppermint and ginger are great for curing the common cold and relaxing the body. Oregano and chilli can boost the metabolism and immunity. Fresh herbs contain more nutrients than their dried, processed counterparts and are more cost effective in the long run. Growing herbs says you care about the quality of the nutrients you are using to fuel your body. It also says you are aware of the great natural health benefits provided by Mother Nature. It also indicates you may be experimental with flavour combinations in cooking; as we all know, variety is the spice of life.

Picture your garden at home. What is it saying about you at this point in time? If it needs a little TLC, maybe it’s an indication you need to take some time out and treat yourself to some soul refreshing gardening.

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5 Cheap Ways to Have a Bit of Mom-time

Being a great mom isn’t always easy in these difficult times, and striving to keep our families happy can often mean our days are very stressful. Stress is something we could really do without though; as it is one of the world’s biggest killers and can often be the cause of and heart attacks. Our families certainly wouldn’t be happy if we were no longer with them, which is why it’s really important to make a little Mom-time for yourself.

Bearing in mind that we’re all tightening our purse strings at the moment, with Christmas just around the corner, here are my 5 favourite cheap ways of spending a bit of Mom-time:

Pamper time

Lighting a few candles, especially
aromatic ones, is a nice addition,
as is playing some of your favourite
ballads quietly in the background.

It would be nice to be able to afford to pop down to the local spa whenever we felt like it, but you can still have a great time pampering yourself at home for a couple of hours. Start by running a soothing hot bath and pour in some of that bubble bath you need to use up to make room for the new stuff you’ll probably get for Christmas. Lighting a few candles, especially aromatic ones, is a nice addition, as is playing some of your favourite ballads quietly in the background, or taking in that book you keep trying to find time to read. Just thinking about it relaxes me. After your bath, take time to manicure your nails and rub some moisturiser all over yourself.

Yoga

Yoga is especially great when you’re feeling anxious, achy or both, as it not only stretches both those problems away but also teaches you breathing techniques to help you relax. There’s loads of cheap second-hand Yoga DVD’s out there which offer workouts from ten minutes to an hour, so there’s no excuse for not finding time however busy you are. Some of the positions can be quite difficult to get into at first, but after a few sessions you’ll amaze yourself with how supple you’ve become – and how much more relaxed you feel. It is especially beneficial for moms to be.

Games

Playing games has been proven to reduce stress and help reduce the possibility of contracting mental illnesses such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Playing games with the kids is good for you, but if you want a bit of Mom time then I find playing bingo is a great, fun way to relax. Going out to play bingo isn’t always possible but, when the kids have gone to bed, there’s nothing to stop you enjoying a game or two of online bingo. It’s not as expensive as you might think either as you can play lot of the games for just a few pennies. Even better, if you’re new to bingo, lots of the online sites reward new customers with some no deposit bingo money like Butlers which gives you the chance to play free bingo games at Butlers. You can also win cash prizes and even jackpots – which would certainly help on the money front. In between games you can also chat to other bingo players (typically Mom’s like us) in the online chat-rooms or visit the casino!

Walking

Walking is one of the most underrated and wonderful ways to relax. Whether you walk through a local beauty spot or nearby park, you can enjoy nice scenery and fresh air, whilst all the time giving your heart a much needed workout, which also gets those stress-combating endorphins flowing.

Gardening

Having green fingers might not be for everyone, but you should probably give it a go if you’ve never tried it, especially weeding. It’s been proven that weeding can be very good for you because it’s psychosomatic in the fact that it helps you feel like you’re clearing all the rubbish from your life.

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4 Gardening Essentials

4 Details to Bring Your Garden to Life

Gardens are our pride and joy, and there’s nothing better than spending a nice day relaxing out doors in the sunshine. However,  gardens can also be hard to maintain. That’s why I’ve written this simple guide to let you know what to keep an eye on to keep your garden looking tidy.

Weeds

Weeds are hated by almost every gardener and are by far the most common cause of an uneven or unsightly lawn. Weeds also have a bad habit of re-growing month after month, no matter how hard you try to get rid of them. So be sure to keep an eye on them, and use a weed killing product and a trowel at the first sign of them.

Grass

This might be an obvious one, but remember to take care of your grass! Too many of us neglect it and assume that grass is durable and can take care of itself. This is true to some extent, but for grass needs a helping hand from time to time. Be sure to keep your grass short for an eat looking lawn. Another benefit of short grass is that the sunlight can penetrate the whole blades, which encourages  hlorophyll production – giving your grass that luscious green colour.

Decking

Decking can get easily weathered, and it may seem like a tough task to keep it looking new. However, it’s not as hard as you think thanks to products such as decking treatment and decking paint which make the job a whole lot easier. Now maintaining your deck doesn’t have to be left to professionals. You can do it yourself!

Ornaments

Ornaments can be a fun and easy way to bring character and depth into your garden. Try placing miniature statues hidden within your
shrubbery. You can also buy solar powered ornaments that light up at night, making your garden a tranquil place to relax in the evenings.  And that’s it, remember these 4 gardening essentials and you’ve got the basic groundwork’s for a beautiful garden. As long as you remember these 4 points your garden will remain a beautiful for years to come. 

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