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Discussion Thread: How did you get into gardening?
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No one on my family is what they’d call a keen gardener. I didn’t have Grandparents with an allotment, or memories of actually doing any gardening as I grew up. Although I do remember the garden always felt like a happy place, with picnics, barbecues and paddling pools. My mam loves her garden but she’s the first to admit that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She chooses plants based on their aesthetic alone and hopes for the best that they’ll like their chosen spot in her garden.
My love for gardening developed in my 30s, mostly thanks to a weekly visit to the garden centre café and soft play with my youngest son before he started school. Over time, what began as a vague desire to make the garden feel a bit more presentable grew into something much more tangible. Having gone through a tough time of anxiety and low mood there were two things that really helped, journaling and my garden. Both of which now play an integral role in me taking care of my mental health.
My garden is my sanctuary. It’s where I go to relax, reflect, meditate and journal. It’s the place I feel most like myself, most at home.
In this week’s journal I’d love to open up this conversation and hear more about you. How did you get into gardening? Do you have childhood memories of gardening? Has gardening supported you during a tough time? What joy do you find in gardening?
I’ll be checking in on the comments regularly as I can’t wait to hear your stories and chat about all the wonderful things our gardens do for us.
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