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I’m In The Garden

It has been a while that we have posted something new here at sowandso.

During winter nothing much goes on in the garden. Here in the Ardennes even the hellebores can’t handle the Ardennes weather. It hasn’t been extremely cold, but there were a lot of temperature fluctuations which played havoc on the hellebores, the clematis I planted last year and a few other plants I really hoped would survive.

Rough Patches

Talking about survival, I have also been out of commission lately. I suffer from anxiety and depression. Have been for years but it hasn’t been this bad for a long time.

One of the side effects is the lack of creativity, or the lack for wanting to do anything really. I felt as grey and dull as the garden. However, gardening is one of the things that usually help me through a bad period.



One of the key things to do is exercise when you are depressed. The thought of getting on a treadmill is daunting for me. I have always preferred to be outside. I discovered that gardening is really therapeutic. Even turning the compost heap in the rain can be satisfying and creating life when planting a seed in soil and seeing a plant form gives hope, and hope is what people with depression and anxiety issues need.

Spring is everywhere

And now the first signs of spring are showing, the crocuses are the first ones, their light purple colour are a welcome sight in the front garden. The other bulbs are close behind. Tiny buds are showing some colour on the lilac, and the shrubs in the back garden.

The tomato and chilli seedlings are well on their way and I took a chance and planted out some French bean plants in the poly. Snugly covered with a fleece I am hoping they will survive the occasional night frost we will still have.

As the garden is showing promise for the new season I am ready for some therapeutic times spend getting my hands dirty and my mind a bit calmer.

15 thoughts on “I’m In The Garden

  1. Sorry to hear about the depression. I hope the advent of warmer weather will cheer you up. It certainly does for me. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, which often produces symptoms a bit like yours, and I find that being active, like gardening, is the best medicine.
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    1. My friend Michael Dahl told me that once I would open up about my “condition”, more people who garden will tell me they suffer from some form of depression or another. I found it hard to come out of “the depression closet” and I am grateful for your comment Mark. We gardeners are a bunch of lovely people 🙂
      Laila Noort recently posted…I’m In The GardenMy Profile

  2. Oh yes, gardening is my get-away hobby and medicine for stress.
    Gardening is indeed very therapeutic, I love it.

    1. Even during this time of year it is lovely to get out and get your hands muddy and your head cleared. 🙂

  3. Hey Laila,

    I’m sorry to hear about the depression you’ve suffered yet your doing great in gardening. I really love your articles. Gardening really reduces stress and anxiety.


    1. Hi Oliver, apologies for the late reply, I have had another difficult time but spring has sprung and I am getting better. I am back in the garden again and feeling better with the day.
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  4. I also realize that do gardening is the best way to reduce stress and stay healthy. Sometimes, I find some creative plan to organize my garden and grow some kind of plants. It is so relaxing after I see my result, of course the result will come a few months. And it also provides major of fresh vegetable for my family, I love it.
    Many thanks for your article, I will continue to doing gardening.

    1. So glad my article helped and that you will continue gardening!!
      Laila Noort recently posted…Edyn: Put Your Watering on Auto PilotMy Profile

  5. I’m a huge fan of gardening, I found that gardening makes me happy, relax and get more inspiration to focus on my work. Thanks for sharing your story and keep up the great work!

  6. Nice post,
    I love gardening and I´m sure it can be very therapeutic. It relaxes me a lot and now I´m learning to grow my own veggies and herbs.
    I like your blog, keep going!
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    1. Thanks James, I am happy to hear that other people also find gardening therapeutic. I couldn’t imagine my life without it anymore!
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  7. great writing. It was good to read the writing. well explain about gardenly, I also have a garden-related blog can see that here was about gardening.

  8. The nature helps a lot to fight with depression. I always calm down near at the water. It can be a lake or a river. It is like water carries away all troubles.
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    1. Is nature not amazing! We should all take a moment and enjoy the sound of running water in a river, or the bees in the garden. We are all so busy running around these days, even if you do not suffer from anxiety or depression it is still very beneficial to take that moment of relaxation. Many thanks for your comment Matt!
      Laila Noort recently posted…A new beginning…againMy Profile

  9. Ah! What a beautiful idea. This is the way our mind desires and I love gardening. So, we can think a lot of these in our blog as well. Thank you for promoting tips and wonderful inspirations!

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