Gardening- My New Past Time

In light of recent global tragedies (e.g. death of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) and tragedies that have hit home (Toronto) with regards to the van incident on Yonge St. and the incident on Danforth Ave., I think it is important to address the importance of maintaining your mental health. It’s not enough to just be physically active but it’s important to be mentally in a good place.

There is so much stigma around individuals who have mental health issues. If you are someone who is suffering from mental health issues, please reach out and speak to someone. Your friends and family would do anything to fight for you so please, reach out so you can get the proper assistance.

It’s also important for everyone to be more aware of feelings of others. Sometimes, we can all get so absorbed in our own world that we totally miss cries of help of others or forget to see the big picture where there has been a slow but steady decline in someone’s mental health being.

I would like to think of myself as someone who is always there for an individual should they ever require assistance. I do wonder from time to time: if I ever encounter a situation where a loved one does require assistance, how would I react? Β It’s really important for all of us to learn more about mental health and how we can help others.

I did not think I would ever add gardening to my list of hobbies as I’m the girl who was able to kill a bamboo plant. Those plants are not meant to die as they are very resilient. πŸ™‚ I am proud to say I have come a long way. It turns out I do have a green thumb and it is possible for me to grow things in the garden.

It all started with this beautiful orchid gifted to me as a housewarming gift. At the time, it only had one or two buds but currently, it has 9 blooms and 6 blooms on the way.

orchid

To build my confidence, I then attended a terrarium workshop where I built my own terrarium. Succulents are easy to take care of right? πŸ˜‰

terrarium
My Terrarium is still alive! πŸ™‚

In my current home, I’m blessed with the perfect nook where there’s a good amount of sunshine that comes through each morning. Having said that, I still visit my plant babies every day. Instructions are given of how to take care of certain plants; however, use your senses. Your sight is your best guide as to how your plants are doing. πŸ™‚

The previous homeowner who lived at my current home is an avid gardener. Although she has moved away, she made a special trip down to show us how to take care of certain plants. Little did she know she was teaching a person with no green thumb. That’s what I thought at least. πŸ˜‰

As an individual who has very little gardening knowledge, I do find Sheridan Nurseries to be a place where the staff are very helpful and make gardening less daunting.

Because I was a little late in buying my plants this year, I missed out on the possibility of growing my own zucchini but I did manage to buy a tomato and a red & yellow pepper plant. I also bought various herbs including: parsley, tarragon, red basil, lavendar and cilantro.

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Check out my green basil plant growing indoor. It’s thriving and I have used it multiple times already as I love a good watermelon feta salad.

basil

There is something so rewarding about seeing how well your plants can thrive after alot of care and love. Given the heat wave we’ve had this year so far in Toronto, I’ve made sure to water the plants with a fair amount of water each and every day. Right before I leave for work, I make sure to visit my plants and make sure they are doing okay. πŸ™‚ They truly are my babies.

Don’t get me wrong- gardening can be quite time consuming with the pruning of trees and/or bushes and pulling out of weeds but it is so rewarding. As the saying goes, never say never. Life can be full of surprises; developing a green thumb is definitely a surprise to me. πŸ™‚

Food For Thought: What Do You Like to Do To Keep Your Mental State in Good Health?

 

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