Gardening For Therapy

Aug 28, 2012

Garden Therapy

Working in the garden can be therapeutic for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, and other disorders. Gardening provides a way to participate in needed exercise without overexerting the muscles. This low-impact activity is excellent for those who suffer joint or muscle pain. Additionally, garden work has been proven helpful to those with depression, possibly because of the exercise, exposure to sunlight, or the simple delight of working with one's hands. Time spent in the garden can also provide needed relaxation, reducing anxiety and tension.

Gardening Tips 101

A few simple tips can reduce the amount of work in the garden and provide more enjoyment for those with conditions such as arthritis. First, pick garden plants that require a low level of maintenance. Some plants, such as begonias, require little knowledge of soil or weather conditions and make the perfect beginner's garden plant. Hostas are also good flowers for beginners, while basil is an easy and straightforward herb. Some strands of roses and tomatoes are also easy to maintain.

Secondly, design a garden with any special needs in mind. A raised bed garden is the perfect fit for someone struggling with arthritis in the knees. A selection of bright and colorful flowers around the house's edge is fantastic for those dealing with depression or anxiety.

Finally, consider garden goals. If a beautiful, tasteful garden is desired, pick luscious flowers and shrubbery. If produce is desired, a simple vegetable garden can be the perfect fit and gives the added benefit of yielding tangible, edible results. Gardens can be designed both for beauty and produce as well, mainly since some flowers serve to ward off unwanted bugs from some vegetable plants.

Conclusion

Gardening is soothing and therapeutic for the average homeowner and those with arthritis, depression, or other conditions. Starting a garden with the above Gardening Tips 101 section is sure to be just what the doctor ordered. Ward away winter blues during the colder months by going through seed catalogs and planning the perfect garden for next season!

Bugleweeds look great in any garden.