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machelle
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   Posted 3/30/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
i started me a garden today, it was nice, to me you don't appreciate your land unless you work it, i love being outside planting flowers and fruit trees and gardens, i guess i have farmers blood in me from my grandpa, i really what to grow more things since the cost of things is high, and garden vegies taste so much better than store bought, i am going to try to eat better too, if i have to eat separate food, i just want to feel better, health wise i feel alittle better but i still have tremors, twitching , jerking, heart palps, and tightness of the chest, i am trying to be positive to make myself get better i have too, i still have fears sometimes of something is worse wrong with me, but i try to keep busy to take my mind away from it. i hope you all have been doing well and your family's


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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Machelle,

It sounds as if you had a wonderful afternoon today.  I too love planting gardens and I have started with my 8 year old daughter as well.  Unfortunately, it is still quite cold outside for us, but we have been working for the past month on starting our flowers inside.  Like you said, everything is just so expensive right now so hopefully we will actually be saving money this way!  However, this is so relaxing.  We have found that hours just speed by as we are filling in our soil, planting our seeds and watering.  Just the fresh smell of the dirt makes spring feel so much closer.  And it is so fullfilling for us when we run downstairs each morning to lift the covers and we see the little green plants starting to pop out of the soil.  It is an exciting observation and bonding time for us.

So when you talk about wanting to feel better and more healthy from this, I understand how you feel.  We will be starting our vegetables tomorrow with our own expectations of fresh beans, lettuce, tomatoes, corn (and whatever else we can hopefully grow and keep alive before we can plant them outside).  So keep planting, stay happy and start healing!  I can't think of anything better!

Cass


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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
What a fantastic idea Machelle...it's so nice to get out and be with nature..and growing your own produce is so healthy and nurting (and nourishing!) I don't have much of a garden (and sadly winter is starting to show it's teeth now) I always grow my own herbs and try and spend some time walking on the beach to be "with nature"...I hope this garden therapy works really well for you and takes some of the anxiety away...ask mother nature to drain some of that stress away and return it to the earth xxxx bless xxx

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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Gudluck on the garden, I remember helping my grandad wen i was little, its so amazing wen somthing u planted and cared for flowers for the first time. Hope it all goes wel machelle

 


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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Machelle,
 
I absolutely love gardening and will be starting my seeds very soon so that I can plant them outside after frost season is done.  Gardening is great therapy and it certainly helps reduce the anxiety.  I hope you get lots of produce out of it!  Let us know how things go in the garden.
 
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   Posted 4/1/2008 3:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Machelle,

I'm so jealous! I can't wait to get out and start gardening, but we still have at least a foot and a half of snow in our back yard, which doesn't include the six foot high snow banks! I hope the weather is good to you - just enough sun and rain to make your garden grow! :)

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   Posted 4/1/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

We have 5 inches of new snow, so I am building a snowman.  I wish you the best green thumb and please keep on with your garden as it is wonderful therapy to work out in the garden.  Hugs to you sweetie.

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machelle
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   Posted 4/1/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
its already in the eighties here, its not so great sometimes to live where its so humid, sometimes i wish i could live where its about 65 to 70 degrees year around i would love that in a perfect world

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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Machelle nice thread and nervy pls share some tips on how to grow herbs .I love gardening too.
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machelle
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   Posted 4/2/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i am going to try to grow some herbs too, lemon grass , thai basil, and a few others, trying to learn how to cook thai food and indian (india) food, i want to learn to grow everything so i can have my own fresh vegies and herbs, i also have 2 lemon trees, 2 satsuma trees, 2 pears, 2 naval orange, and a fig tree, and 1 mayhaw tree and 2 plums, and 2 peach trees you know people forget that in the old days people used to grow their food and their is hard work but its self satisfying that you grew it and its not store bought with wax all over it, its so relaxing and i love the smell and the fresh dirt feels on my feet. its funny in life you forget the little things that used to make you happy as a child the simplest of things.

Dee75
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   Posted 4/2/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Growing a garden is so rewarding. I started a rose garden after my husband passed away two springs ago. I now have 70 rose plants. Gardening is postive and brings such pleasure. I foreget about the anxiety and depression. Happy gardening, Dee

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   Posted 4/3/2008 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Yana, it's pretty easy, Just go to the local garden store and get some pots, mulch and organic fertiliser.  I buy my herbs from a local homeopath (but you can get them most anywhere) and read the instructions about where to put them!!  I live in a hot environment for most of the year so I keep them on the windowsill in the morning and take them off and water them in the arvo...I can recommend a great book "Heinerman's encyclopedia of fruits, vegetables and herbs" by Heinerman (obviously!!) to tell you what to do with them...coriander and basil are my faves..goodluck and happy growing
 
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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:07 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL too funny sweet Megs..........

Gardens I love but it will be a bit before cait and I get started on ours this yrs .........
We do a flower garden every yr and I want some veggies this yr

Have a great day to all
Thanks for sharing positivity

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   Posted 4/4/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Machelle,

Good for you! I'm so proud of you for taking this step to help yourself. As you watch your plants slowly grow and care for them, remember that all of us need lots of slow care and nurturing to deal with our anxiety. Let yourself be calm and feel good about doing this one little thing and trust that you can comtinue to grow strong and healthy with time.

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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes when I get anxious or tense, I like to think of the smells of the different herbs and how it feels to touch them.  It seems to soothe me, though there is nothing like the real thing to smell and touch. 
 
I think that gardening is one of the most therapeudic things that we can do for ourselves.  To watch the first seedling sprout, all the way to getting our first fruit.  It is a miraculous thing to enjoy.
 
I wish all of you the most wonderful day.
 
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saxmar
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   Posted 4/4/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Tw years ago I picked up some pumpkin seeds at a dollar store on a whim ad planted them. Lots of pumpkins it was fun. Last year I grew a 45 pound pumpkin. Now all the neighbors expect me to top my crops of the last two years. It is relaxing and I was told gardening actually lowers blood pressure.

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nervymeg
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Saxmar..that's amazing..you'll be able to supply one for Cinderalla's next ball at this rate lol!!!!

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