4 Gardens That Reduce Stress 

PLUS How To Attract Bees

Stress relief can be as close as your garden with 4 gardens that reduce stress. One will be perfect for you! In some of the worst times of my life, even though with only access to a dismal, almost barren spot, my garden have helped me regain strength and composure.

Besides those times, I have spent many other hours on my knees weeding and planting gardens, where I have found myself talking to a Higher Power, and sorting out my thoughts and feelings. That’s why I say these are 4 gardens that reduce stress. I know they can help you, too.

Rather than reaching for a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication to calm your nerves, there are three types of gardens you can cultivate that will combat stress in almost any form.

Stress relief from the garden can come from flowers, a beautiful and relaxing butterfly garden or a food garden so you can enjoy nature’s bounty on your table in exciting and delicious recipes.

Stress relief from the garden can come from flowers, a beautiful and relaxing butterfly garden or a food garden so you can enjoy nature’s bounty on your table in exciting and delicious recipes.

4 Gardens That Reduce Stress 

1. Flower Gardens:

Lavender

A perfect type of garden to combat stress is the beauty of the flower garden. Let your creativeness and imagination run wild when creating a beautiful space in which you can relax and even bring some of the beauty into your home.

Grow them from seeds in flats and then plant them in containers or flower beds surrounding your home or on your patio. The rewards you get from a flower garden range from the scene of blooming flowers, the scent and the harvest for your own personal use.

Certain flowers, such as lavender (an herb) are commonly used in aromatherapy for stress relief. You can purchase the scent of lavender in soaps and lotions – or grow your own and tie up bunches to dry in your home.

2. Butterfly Garden:

Monarch Butterflies

A butterfly garden not only brings beauty, but the added benefit of observing gorgeous butterflies flying from flower to flower. A properly executed butterfly garden will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, filling your garden with life and aroma.

Among the plants you can grow in your butterfly garden include lavender, azaleas and hibiscus. Also try Tropical sage, butterfly bushes, purple coneflower and bee balm to attract hummingbirds and butterflies and to fill your garden with beauty.

3. Food Garden: Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables

And, for the ultimate in exercise and health, try a food garden. A food garden can bring beauty to containers or outdoor garden spaces and add healthy vegetables to your table.

Easy and fast-growing plants for your food garden include tomatoes, bell pepper, radishes, carrots and lettuce. Fresh produce from your garden tastes much better than what you can purchase from the supermarket.

If you have a large enough garden space, try growing extra produce for canning and/or freezing. This ensures you can be enjoying your gardening efforts far into the cold winter months. Every mouthful you savor will bring you back to that place of peace and contentment for months to come.

4. Bee Garden:

Bee Balm

Bees are wonderful to watch, and can bring pleasure and interest to any gardener. Bees are important means of pollination, which increases flower, fruit and vegetable yields. Bees are a vital part of a healthy eco-system, and their presence in the garden can be very educational for adults and children. The number of bees visiting gardens is dwindling, which is all the more reason to create a hospitable habitat to help them out.

It's an interesting thought but as you enjoy these 4 gardens that reduce stress in your life, you'll also be reducing the stress for the environment and all it's little creatures, too.

But, first, a warning about bedding plants you might purchase at your local nursery from Friends of the Earth/ Les Amies de la Terre Canada:

Gardeners Beware

Neonicotinoids aren’t just used in agriculture- many plants sold at home garden centres have also been pre-treated with these bee-killing pesticides.

Unfortunately, many gardeners have no idea that they may actually be poisoning pollinators through their efforts to plant bee-friendly gardens.

The 2014 Gardener’s Beware report, released by Friends of the Earth Canada, Friends of the Earth U.S., and the Pesticide Research Institute, found that 51% of plant samples collected big box stores in 18 cities across Canada and the U.S. contained bee-killing neonicotinoids.

Please get a copy of this report if you can.

Bees give us life.

4 Gardens That Reduce Stress - PLUS

How To Attract Bees To Your Garden:

Following are some tips on how to make your garden a bee-friendly place.

1. Leave some of your lawn unkempt and allow it to grow. Most lawns have clover or dandelion, so allow these flowers to grow unchecked in one area of your yard. You can fence it off with a bit of low, portable fencing if it goes against your sense of aesthetics!

2. Do not use pesticides (insect-killers) or herbicides (weed-killers) of any kind. The insecticides on your plants will harm and kill the bees that visit them, and herbicides will kill off those flowers that are desirable for bees. Most Americans work to remove dandelions and clover from their lawns, but these are important plants for bees (and for the health of your lawn - clover adds nitrogen to the soil).

3. Plant the right flowers. Try to go with native plants as much as possible so the pollination effect with the surrounding ecosystem is positive and strengthening.

Here are a few suggestions:

Flowers:

Forget-me-not

•    Bee balm or bergamot
•    Forget-me-not
•    Marigold
•    Dahlia
•    Aster
•    Hyssop
•    Thyme
•    Lavender
•    Lemon balm
•    Purple coneflower
•    Salvias (sage)
•    Oregano

Vegetables and fruits:

Chives





•    Squash
•    Pumpkins
•    Zucchini
•    Strawberries
•    Blackberries and raspberries
•    Chives

Shrubs:

•    Butterfly bush
•    Wild roses or old-fashioned, shrub roses
•    Boxwood
•    Rhododendron

Flowering trees:

Apple Blossoms

•    American holly
•    Apple and crabapple
•    Cherry
•    Pear
•    Chaste tree (Vitex)

4. Create shelter for bees. Bumble bees like leaf litter and the undersides of wooden boards. You may want to set up a commercial bee hive to attract honeybees, or improvise something with a wooden box.

5. Bees like and need water, so add a water feature or birdbath to your garden. Make sure you have plenty of stones or water plants punctuating the surface so that a bee can quickly climb out if it falls in. Use flowering water plants to add to the bee-friendly habitat.

6. Leave them alone. This is not only good advice for avoiding stings, but it will help keep bees coming to your garden. If bees perceive an area as unsafe, they will not return.

More Tips here from Bring Back The Bees

How To Attract Bees

4 Gardens That Reduce Stress - more

Choosing any one or all of the above 4 gardens that reduce stress also ensures you get needed sunshine to increase serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the “feel good” chemical and melatonin helps you get a good night’s sleep.

The fresh air you enjoy with gardening keeps you healthy and promotes cell growth and renewal in your body. After gardening, you may also find that you can focus better and enjoy a sense of physical and mental well-being.

Besides, or perhaps I should say, with these 4 gardens that reduce stress, why not carve out a space in your garden for more relaxation by adding water features and other sounds of nature – plus and comfy spot to relax with a good book or maybe a glass of best fresh homemade iced tea ever made. That's the one you just created, freshly chilled to perfection, perhaps with a sprig of fresh picked mint or lemon balm from your garden.

Now let's go laze!

If you enjoyed 4 Gardens That Reduce Stress I hope you'll share this article so more of your loved ones (and complete strangers who will love you for it) will find more pleasure in life. We'll be grateful to you, and to all your friends who provide space for bees and butterflys because along with food and flowers, the world just needs more bees and butterflys. So Thanks, new friend. Let's all take a long deep breath - and relax and smell the flowers, hear the bees buzzing and just chill out.

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