When we first moved up to Alberta, Canada from the USA our house needed a lot of work doing to it, especially to the outside areas. Because of the money this house had already cost us we had to visit a lender to get a little extra cash to get the place sorted out, but I have always preferred to just get jobs done rather than bide my time.
The garden work was completed by Ron Cadman, a local a gardener, who even offered me a discount if I was to help. I would be a fraud if I told you that ‘we’ completed the garden because the truth is I was just a pair of hands, nonetheless I saved some cash.What this sparked in me was something which I never realized that I had… green fingers, that’s right, I discovered that I loved gardening and since that day I have spent as much time outside as possible. There are so many benefits to gardening which I enjoy and if you have never tried it, here are the benefits which you can get.
Naturally there is a great amount in the garden which was carried out by Ron but since then I have been adding my own bits and pieces such as a water feature and a bedding area, and there is an enormous sense of pride which comes with looking out on the garden knowing that you created it. It is even better when people comment on your work!
If you had asked me a couple of years ago what I thought about gardening I’d have told you that it looked boring and probably quite stressful. As it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong as I find this one of the most relaxing parts of my day. I love to get my gloves on and head out into the garden for a couple of hours each night. When I am out there I just switch off from everything entirely, the world seems a place which is miles away and the only thing which I am really focussed on is my gardening.
I have always felt that everyone should have a project which they are working on, something to aim for and a reason to get up in the morning. For me that project is my garden, and in fact you can break this down into lots of mini projects which you have to complete. You can’t hurry the garden either, unless of course you are adding a physical installation, because when it comes to plants, you have no control over how quickly they grow.
All in all this is a great hobby which I had no idea just how much I was going to enjoy. There is nothing like the peace and quiet of getting out into the garden and getting some fresh air in your lungs is always a good idea.