Reasons to grow your own

What amazes me each time I garden, is how good it feels! It is seriously the best therapeutic thing you could do for your own well-being. Being totally present in the moment, with effects long after you stop. I never thought of gardening as being a holistic wellbeing activity until now. It’s great for your Mind, your Body, and your Soul.

Did you know that gardening is good for all these things?

  • Stress-relief and self-esteem boost.

  • Improves heart health and lowers stroke risk. 

  • Keeps your mind sharp. Improves brain health and lowers Alzheimer’s risk.

  • Is an immune system regulator.

  • Makes you happy, takes the blues away, and is a natural anti-depressant

  • Sleep enhancer. A day or a few hours out doing this physical activity and you zzzz.

After a long break due to bad weather, some traveling and a lot of unforeseen mom-life events, I spent last Sunday on my rooftop to care for these plants giving me so much beauty, joy and yummy ingredients for the table. Some I said goodbye to and some I welcomes, some are just pretty and some are my orphaned ones I shelter, feeling like doing a good due (don’t ask).

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

The other good thing about gardening is that there are no mistakes, only experiences. So if you are like me, and only just put your imaginary skill to work, it’s ok to fail sometimes. Just keep going, ask a friend, google and follow blogs where people share their expertise. Gardeners are a bit like Chefs, they love sharing what they do. A rare generosity that comes without ties and free of charge.

I would suggest you follow simple steps:

  • Start with the things you love. Determine if you would like to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit or if you like to have a mini forest on your urban green space.

  • Get good quality soil and fertilizer. If you remember that we are what we eat. Well this is where is all begins. GMO free seeds, organic soil and fertilizer, non toxic planters….The better quality, the better the outcome.

  • Check the season and grow the seeds separate until the sprouts are strong enough to move into real planters. A good way to learn what grows when is to go by your local flower shop or garden centre and see what they are selling. It will be what is in season. A good lead.

  • Make it a place of joy. Get nice looking planters, connect the hose to the water pipe for easy care, get yourself a chair for downtime among your new tribe (of greenery!). Cherish moments outside so its not just all about work.

  • Join gardening lessons. If you are in Tokyo, you are more than welcome to tag along to my urban gardening events. You will get all the best information first handedly from a professional, as well as exchange experiences with the other green thumbs. Sharing is half learning. The community is a great way to learn and will also lead to dealing herbs (lol, exchange seeds, exchange extra seedlings and cut offs that will grow into a single standing plant).

Enjoy growing your own green babies.

xx Abi