Gardening Is Good for Your Mental Health!

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Our Mental Health

Sadly, we are now reading, watching, and listening to issues that impact our mental health.

Time in Our Gardens

With all the sadness in the world, to keep myself and my husband mentally healthy we spend time tending, planting, and weeding the gardens and plants around our home.

A Garden Poem for Daily Living

I do not remember where I found the following poem about gardening. However, is speaks to my gardener’s heart and I hope it will speak to yours!

Plant three rows of peas:
Peas of mind
Peas of heart
Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed
Turnip to help one another
Turnip the music and dance

To enjoy our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves

Water freely with patience and
Cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden
Because you reap what you sow.

Final Thought

My advice: Take some time to tend to your own garden, mentally and/or physically; it will keep the unwelcome weeds that overgrow or choke out the more desirable plants, of kindness, respect, appreciation, encouragement, and love, thriving in your personal garden!

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