Updated: Aug 29, 2020
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." – Alfred Austin
Gardening is a great therapeutic hobby with a deep history in the United States, dating back to the 1700s. This pastime eases stress, tension and anxiety by connecting with nature and other living things. Gardening will get you outside and working, causing your body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin, and allowing better sleep by working off any extra energy.
Let your thoughts ebb and flow, becoming clear while tending to your plants. By escaping from the busy world of people, gardening is a carefree and relaxed experience. In your garden the cycle of life repeats: planting, growing, sowing, and returning the seeds back into the earth.
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." – Gertrude Jekyll
Gardening also teaches a sense of responsibility and nurturing. Being in your garden all your senses will remind you to live in the now. The garden can be as small as a pot on your window sill, it doesn't even have to take up an entire yard.
"I like gardening. It’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself."
– Alice Sebold
Gardening made simple. Happy gardening!
- Pot(s) - We recommend Smart Pots, made in the USA!
- Area for garden
To make our soil we use a mixture of (sustainable) peat moss, local organic soil (menehune magic), perlite, non hydrated lime, and chicken manure. We mix everything in a large container and divy the soil up into the pots. If we don't have any seedlings/seeds ready to go we will leave the pots of soil out in the yard to acclimate to it's surroundings. CoCo Coir also works well as a substitute for peat moss.
Depending on where you live you can research what plants are good to grow, and when you should plant and harvest. The USDA plant hardiness zone map comes in very handy!
Seeds are available online, at gardening/hardware stores, and sometimes local growers are willing to share some seeds with you (find a gardening community). We prefer non-GMO, landrace seeds. If you live in Hawai'i, we found the Hawaii Seed Growers Network, a company that sells locally adapted seeds.
You can direct seed (plant the seed directly into the soil), or start your seeds indoors in medium (rockwool, seed starting potting mix). We find using a humidity dome speeds up seed germination. Follow the instructions on the seed packets and your seeds will grow well.