The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin
Gardening has many health benefits. Among them STRESS REDUCTION. A garden can also put us in a better mood as it helps us achieve better mental health and reduce depression. A garden gets you outdoors to get sunshine, exercise and get your blood moving. According to some researc the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. Growing your own food ensures you are eating the freshest food available. No more guessing how long it will last or how old something is. Some foods (like apples) are stored for months before being sold.
A garden is a living thing that can bring joy and good health to the person who tends it…
Excerpt from MY FRIEND THE GARDEN by Fernand Lequenne:
“The simplests peasant, the lowliest gardener, knows deep inside himself that the earth is not only the true source of man’s life but also his pedastal. The those who don’t like to dirty their hands think about this: Let them consider themselves a little like the sacrificial priest, hands red with sacred blood; let them think earnestly about the office they wish to fulfill.Then having learned to repress their fears, let them carefully wash their hands; they will then feel like the purest of men.”
He also said:
“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember first of all that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies; like the human body, with its poor flesh, its illnesses at times repugnant. One must not always see it dressed up for a ball, manicured and immaculate.”
Nature Quote of the Day
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
5 Flower care tips:
Clean your vases with bleach-to kill bacteria from previous flowers.
When placing cut flowers in a vase remove all foliage that will be below the water line.
To keep flowers longer, change the water (and floral food) every two to three days and recut the stems.
Remove any dead flowers as they appear-they release ethylene gas which escalates the aging of the other flowers.
Give your flowers a fresh look by spray misting the flowers with fresh water.
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You’ll be happily surprised at how much longer your flowers last following these steps:
1. When you buy flowers make sure that they are at the optimum condition.Look for flowers where the bud shows some color.
2. Flowers should be carefully packed when they are taken home, as this prevents damage to flowers or stems.
3. Make sure the vase is clean.
4. The flowers will last longer if you use cut flower food. Make sure you use the correct amount. If you are not sure, then ask your florist.
5. Before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut off approximately an inch from each stem at an angle. If you have roses, cut them with the stems underwater.
6. Stems should never be broken off or flattened – not even “woody stems. Scraping off the bark will also shorten the flower life.
7. Remove all leaves on the lower portion of the stems. Leaves should never be covered with water as this will decrease the longevity of the flowers.
8. Regularly top up the vase with clean water.
9. Keep out of direct sunlight, keep away from heat and breezes. Keep away from fruit.
10. At night, flowers prefer to be kept cool and benefit from a lower thermostat setting.
11. Daffodils can be deadly to other flowers because they secrete a poison in the water. After trimming, leave them on their own for a whole day and do not cut again before combining them with other flowers. However, a special cut flower food is available for daffodils and this enables them to be mixed with other cut flowers immediately (ask your florist for this).
12. If your flowers start to droop, cut off at least an inch underwater, to prolong their life. Remember, flowers are thirsty!