Using gardening to fight the January blues
January can be a long and quiet month, as we all wind down from the excitement of Christmas. Although the weather is still cold, wet and at times unpredictable, we can all find peace and tranquility in our gardens or favourite outdoor green spaces. Gardening reminds us that good things come to those who wait, it teaches us to be patient and look forward to brighter times ahead. It also reassures us that no matter how hard we are finding things, trees will always bud, birds will always grace our skies and flowers will always bloom.
Take pleasure in watching garden birds
Taking the time to look out through your window, walk around your garden and breathe in some fresh air, can make a big difference. Making you feel more connected and calm your mind. Look out for the winter birds that may visit, listen for the dawn chorus. You can encourage these birds by leaving out bird seed and fat balls. Put these on a table or platform so that the birds feel safe to land and eat the treats you leave them. Find our range of bird food and accessories here.
Make plans and notes
It can be helpful to plan ahead and write down what you're looking forward to in the garden. What are your favourite plants? Is there a flower you can't wait to smell the fragrance of in the summer? Would you like to try and find as many types of butterflies that visit your garden in the warmer months? Why not visit us in store to talk to one of our friendly plant experts about how to encourage more bees and butterflies in your garden.
Enjoy the scents of the garden
Create a scent garden. This can be as large or as small as you desire. Even just a medium sized container filled with highly scented plants. Think of Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme. These are highly scented plants, that release oils when moving in the wind, or when you brush your hand through them. Pleasant smells can calm a busy mind and reduce stress and anxiety.
Enjoy gardening as a form of gentle exercise. You can engage in as much or as little as you feel able to. Raised boxes allow easy access to plants, window boxes allow you to enjoy a small slice of garden when you don't have lots of space. Sweeping leaves and debris from your garden can be a task that takes your mind away from worries, and can be very satisfying once completed!
Share and connect
Most importantly, if you're able, get out to visit a friend or neighbours garden. Ask them about their favourite plant and part of their garden. Sharing tips and advice with others can help you stay connected and feel less isolated.