By: Guest Author
Published: September 15, 2021
Written By Jason Hopkins- Guest Contributor
According to some surveys, one of the main reasons why people have trouble being satisfied with their work lies in the fact that they can’t physically see the result of their labor. So, if you’re stuck in the workplace where the majority of your work results in something abstract (even if you are creating intellectual property), you might want to find a hobby that’s the polar opposite.
This is one of the main reasons why gardening might be great for your mental and physical health. First of all, it gives you a reason to spend time outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. While the majority of labor isn’t physically exhausting, it’s still a break from the dormant lifestyle that might be leading. On top of it, you get to see the results of your efforts all year long. It is also a well-known fact that gardening helps with anxiety quite a bit.
With all of this in mind and without further ado, here are several stylish and simple additions you could introduce to your garden in order to further enhance this idea.
Raised Garden Beds
There are several benefits to choosing raised garden beds as the backbone of your garden layout. First of all, it’s much better for the plants. For instance, they gain:
- More growing space
- Better soil drainage
- No foot traffic across the area
- Warmer soil during the colder part of the year
This method also makes your gardening a lot easier. If you have work on the plants standing up, you will have to bend nowhere nearly as low. This ensures that you have a lower chance of developing lower back pain symptoms from your gardening.
It also allows you to get a better yield organically, which will ensure that you avoid resorting to pesticides to improve your gardening efficiency. In turn, it will help keep the entire area safer and healthier for anyone.
As far as the benefits of gardening go, there are really no downsides. Exposure to soil bacteria that strengthens the immune system of people with long-term gardening habits remains present. Since you’ll still be working with your hands, you still get to strengthen your grip and boost the nimbleness of your fingers. With raised garden beds, all you get is a way to do this in a simpler, more efficient manner.
There is a theory that your mental wellbeing is directly determined by your exposure to four natural elements – earth, air, water, and fire. Three of these – earth, air, and water are already abundantly present in your garden.
While the earth (soil) and the air are self-explanatory, the water is present through your irrigation system. Some people prefer to put further emphasis on this by making a garden pond or even making a small fountain.
When it comes to fire, things get a bit tricky. First of all, you want it localized, and you don’t want the scorched ground from an occasional campfire to defile the area. The most efficient and the most stylish solution would be to go for a classic stone fire pit in the appropriate location. This way, you add a whole new dimension to the area and get one more reason to spend your time here in the evening.
Sure, LED lights and outdoor illumination are great, but if you’re really putting an emphasis on the environment, you need to think about light pollution. Ordinary fire (while producing less intense light in terms of lumen number) is also a natural light source. As such, it will cause less physiological damage to animals, insects, and plants in the vicinity.
Make a Pavement
Having pavement in your backyard is an excellent idea for several reasons. First, it’s practical. It allows you to avoid mud during the rainy part of the year, and it helps compartmentalize your garden without having to erect barriers.
From a stylish perspective, it would be smart to go with either brick, stone, or concrete pavers. While concrete pavers may sound like something that thematically doesn’t belong in an organic garden, the truth is that these pavers come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. Depending on the mold, they can look like real planks or tree stumps. They can even be in the color of the wood. Also, bear in mind that you’re getting the pigment by using colored cement during this process. This means that the color in question is non-toxic, and it’s not getting released into the soil.
Those who want to save money and get something pragmatic for this area could go for something as simple as pea pebbles. The cost of this material is roughly $6 per square foot, which will easily fit your gardening budget.
Reuse Old Items
Some of the best gardening solutions come from your ability to reuse old items in order to make interesting garden decorations and landmarks. An old bucket or jar can be turned into planters. Some of them you can even hang low to make them more accessible and to decorate the vertical space in your garden a bit.
Once you master the art of composting, you will also learn how you can declutter the place in the most effective way possible. Almost everything organic can be turned into compost except for meat and dairy. You can even use things like newspapers and eggshells.
Being resourceful just feels so good and makes you feel good about yourself, as well. It allows you to exercise your ingenuity and make something unique to everyone’s benefit. It is a great thing for your mental health and your confidence overall.
At the end of the day, working in your garden is always creative, challenging, and rewarding. You get to see the fruits of your labor, spend time in the open, and improve your health while doing so. With the above-listed four ideas, you can make your garden clean, efficient, and stylish while doing so. Still, the list is incomplete, and you should feel free to add anything that you find missing.
Jason is a business consultant with a passion for writing. Doing his research, exploring, and writing are his favorite things to do. Besides that, he loves playing his guitar, cooking, and traveling. His moto is “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” by Larry L. King
The views expressed herein this article, written by a guest contributor, do not necessarily represent those of the Red Hot Mamas organization. The content is for informational purposes and should not substitute the advice of your doctor.