How Do you Make a Mindful Garden
As it comes to the time of year where we start thinking about what we would like to achieve in our gardens, when the warmer weather arrives. A new idea that you might like to consider is one of Gardening for mindfulness.
In our increasingly hectic and crazy lives, more people are starting to realize that they need to take some time out from the hustle and bustle just to find some inner peace. Mindfulness allows you to turn off your ‘autopilot’ mode, and stop and experience life fully.
You’ll taste food better. Your relationships will be more engaging… and your senses will be heightened. You will not be in a perpetual rush to meet deadlines and keep running on a never-ending wheel like a hamster.
Mindful gardening is one of the best ways to calm your mind and literally gives you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Your garden will be an oasis of peace and calm in a mad world. You’ll connect with nature, and gardening being a physical activity will release endorphins into your brain that make you feel happy.
In this article, you’ll discover 3 tips to help you get the best out of your mindful gardening.
Design your garden mindfully
When planning your garden, you need to consider where all the different plants will go. Imagine in your mind how the garden will look once all the flowers bloom.
Will the colours clash? Will it be too much? If you want to walk around your garden and just rejoice in its beauty, will you have a path to walk on?
Plan it all on paper first. Set aside spaces for relaxing and revelling in your garden. You may wish to have a bench or a chair in the garden. Or a little nook where you can sit and meditate or read. You can design different areas to reflect the movement of the sun during the day, so as an area descends into the shade you can move to another area still in the sun.
Awaken your senses
You may wish to have different species of plants that appeal to your different senses. It’s mostly about colour. Choose plants with colours that you love. There are plants that will appeal to your sight such as blue passion flowers, lilies, sunflowers, roses, hibiscus, etc. We all have flowers that make our heart sing, just at the sight of them.
Then we have plants such as English Lavender, honeysuckle and peonies that smell great and appeal to your sense of smell. Did you know that plants have sound too? The way their leaves rustle when the wind blows is one example.
If your garden has a pond with lilies, you may have little frogs that make their home there and the sounds they make are all a part of your garden. If you can immerse yourself in these sounds, it can be a beautiful and refreshing experience.
There are plants and vegetables that will appeal to your touch and tastes senses too. Keep all these in mind when planning your garden.
Watch out for the wildlife
You want to be mindful of all the living creatures in your garden too. You’re aiming to have a little haven or sanctuary that resembles a mini-paradise. All the wildlife in your garden such as birds, bats, bees, etc. will complement your garden.
Do not use chemical sprays and pesticides in your garden. Try to go with organic solutions.
You may wish to hang a bird feeder to attract birds into your garden. You may even have a water source and nesting boxes around your garden so that they can make their home around your garden. The same applies to bats, which will help to keep the insects and moths in check.
A small corner of your garden can be left untended and you can leave your dry leaves and weeds there. Insects will be able to make their home in this leaf litter community.
Just by having a pond or some water source in your garden, you’ll be able to attract different types of wildlife into your little ‘sanctuary.’
Observe the 3 tips above and grow a beautiful garden that will be a joy to your senses. Be positive about all that you do from the planting to the weeding and the composting.
See what you’re doing. Feel it, smell it and experience it. Gardening is a very hands-on activity, and it can give you that mental break and peace that your heart and mind desires. Rejoice and play in the dirt because life is too short to have clean fingernails all the time.
So, this answers not only How Do you Make a Mindful Garden? but also helps you become more mindfulness with the help of your garden.