Stress Self Help Advice from Too Much Work

Written by Sierra Alvis

Experts say plunging your fingers deep into a garden pot helps your green thumb and your spirit soar. You've worked hard, too many hours, here's a great way to relax.

Burying your hands in warm soft soil is an easy and inexpensive way to fight stress and commune with nature. And even if your plants won't check stock prices or remind you about lunch meetings, they will reward you for your efforts.


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Gardening is great for reducing stress
Measure table tops or window sills before going to a garden shop.
Think of what colors you want for flowers.
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Where do you get the most light? Shade?
If you travel a lot, get plants that need little maintenance.
Foodies should think of growing herbs!
Most edible plants grow well indoors.
Restore Calm and Balance  
Having a backyard isn't necessary to reap the benefits of watching something grow. Windowsills, fire escapes and bedside tables allow apartment dwellers the luxury of a garden for half the time and space. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you get started:


Know before you grow
Before you hit the gardening shop, have a rough idea what kind of garden fits your home. Measure windowsills and tabletops. Note the areas that receive the most light. Make a quick sketch of how you want your garden to look. What colors would accent your home? What greens could you add to a salad?


Ask the experts
Ask your garden shop guru to help you pick out the right plants for your space and schedule. If you travel a lot pick plants that require minimum maintenance, like cacti or succulents. Both grow fairly quickly, offer a wide variety of flowers, and can survive without much water. These hardy plants will grow to fit any size container, from a 1-inch terra cotta pot, to a 10-gallon bucket.


If you're a foodie, try your hand at growing herbs or vegetables. Serving a salad or garnishing a dish with fresh grown herbs or vegetables will give you a sense of accomplishment and impress your dinner guests.


Minimal watering and maintenance make herbs and vegetables ideal for the novice gardener. Green onions, radishes, basil and mint can grow in containers that are at least 12-inches deep and 10-inches wide. Place them in a sunny spot in well-drained, regularly watered soil.


Many edible plants grow well indoors. Fresh herbs taste better than dried and they're cheaper. A bottle of dried basil costs around $3.50. A packet of basil seeds is $1.95.

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