Gardening as therapy.

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It's become clear to me through posts and PMs that there are some gardeners here just waiting for the chance to discuss gardening!

So, I was thinking... how do you use gardening, or how does it affect you if you need a break, need some respite, need to relax, need inspiration....how do you use it as a therapy tool in caregiving?

What are your activities: Do you go out and pull weeds, read a magazine, design new beds? Look through garden catalogues? Go to garden stores?
And what interests have you added to your gardening? Visit estate or garden displays? Do you go to garden shows?

Does anyone design and plant Knot Gardens? Raised bed planters? Assistive gardens? Pollinator gardens (and have you thought of ways to help the bees and butterflies?)

Are your gardens primarily for pleasure or food, or a mix of both? Do you grow plants for medicinal purposes? Which ones, how do you harvest and process them? Any suggestions?

Do you grow plants that can be used in crafts, such as grapevines for wreaths and lavender for lavender wands? Do you make herbal products such as creams, lotions, chapstick?

What else can you share about gardening and the means in which it nurtures your soul?

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Is weeding therapy too? Went to my new house today to pull some goatheads. Sure don't want that mess in the spring. Nasty weeds! Probably pulled thirty or so of them, Each plant can extend vines up to six feet. In that six feet, each vine can have probably 10 or more of the dang seed pods. Each pod has four sections in each section, 4-5 seeds that will grow a whole new goathead plant. So, feeling somewhat accomplished, though there are many more to pull before the pod browns, then disperses it contents. UGH!
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I have six gorgeous huge red california wonder peppers in my fridge, a variety that has never let me down, the other kind I bought (can't remember what they were, red shephard maybe?) haven't produced anything. I also picked a small basket of assorted tomatoes today: grapes, romas and a yellow variety that I started from saved seed. The big surprise is my scarlet runner beans are starting to produce, I planted them way back in June and they had all but died until heavy rains a few weeks ago revived them, yeah!
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I just came in from working on my parents yard! YAYE!

I love to weed, feed, trim, rake - anything to touch nature to help ground me while making my final resting place (the ground)! LOL - more beautiful!

I always say - I worship the ground that awaits me! LOL

What makes me really frustrated is areas around rock gardens - as a kid - if there were leaves or sticks in the recesses of our gardens, I felt sorry for that part of the yard. The flowers got all the glory and fanfare - what about making sure even recesses had attention and detail as well? Such a weird thing I have always had - always haunted me.

I like dividing up hostas and replanting them...the plant itself is hard to dig up to divide.
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First off, GA wherever you are, miss you here and wish you sunny days and beautiful blooms!
My garden is definitely sulking, too many hades hot days. The mailbox mandevilla has choked after blooming beautifully since April. The lambs ear is floppy over. The hydrangea is spent. Only the annual vincas and lantanas are happy. I did receive a new Japanese maple tree, terrible time of year to plant a tree, but in the spirit of not looking a gift horse in the mouth it’s planted with hope that it’ll be fine.
Wishing for cooler days....
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It must still be the dog days of summer out west, because my garden appears like a dog dug up the dirt, which was to become landscaping with rocks to level it out. Try that out in 107 degrees Farenheit. So, it is out there, waiting.

Still, there are surviving cape honeysuckle vines, and various struggling plants in pots. The rosemary plant just keeps going on and on, needs trimming.

We need rain.

I still need breakfast!!
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Are the tomatoes ripe yet,?
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They might be talking about the dog days of summer but for me fall is definitely in the air, the garden has reached that point where everything looks ratty and it's all down hill from here. The little new garden I tried beside my deck has been a bust - even with a few bags of new soil the plants just don't want to grow there, the morning glory is a spindly 5' vine with one or two (gorgeous) blooms per day, the zucchini and pumpkin have mildew, animals (squirrels?) broke down my ornamental corn stalks and all but 2 of the the beans just disappeared. On the plus side my container plants are producing tomatoes and peppers but they have reached a size not easy to keep watered and fertilized - I need bigger pots.
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Good grief.

Is "poor individual" social media speak for FOMO fathead?
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Unfortunately eating a live slug was another of those idiotic internet dares that caused some nasty consequences to some poor individual (I can't remember exactly because I didn't read beyond the headline).
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Science News on Twitter:

"Don’t eat raw slugs or snails and wash your produce, the CDC advises."

Phew! Glad they warned me.
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