Sometimes the happiness is sucked out of your life and you are searching for that tiny bit of hope to get it back.

Everything was perfectly alright in my life: nice husband, loving family and a gorgeous kid. But I was down in the dumps. Being content was my forte, but I did not know where I had lost it. It had been awhile since I had felt happy at my coreΒ if you know what I mean.

Coincidently, my aunt(seemingly my guardian angel) happened to give me a few plants cause she was renovating. And wow! I was in. I had become a balcony gardener. First, I ordered more plants online. Then I read descriptions of various plants and plant care day and night. I caught myself daydreaming about how I was going to turn my balconies into little green abodes of heaven. Railing planters to creepers, flowering patterns to plant diseases topped my google search. I saw greenery everywhere.

Then, I went to Lalbagh and fell in love (translate to bought even more plants: some succulents & vegetable seeds). I enjoyed getting my hands in the dirt and sometimes worked till my back hurt. And I spammed my family and FB groups with photos of little saplings and flowers that emerged from my garden.

When you nurture a garden, it nurtures you right back.

The result? I started feeling happy again & I figured it was because I was doing something(not just being stuck). I had found a hobby, an interest, an addiction. And it brought the meaning back into my life. I thought it was miraculous until I came across this study. Research says that Serotonin and Dopamine levels, which basically prevent depression, increases with working with dirt & harvesting. Dopamine is also related to addiction(so I wasn’t imagining that either).

Self-care is an important ‘work’ that women should do(which many do not give importance to). This year, the theme of World Health Day (7th April, 2017) was Let’s Talk: Depression. So if you are depressed, do consider getting yourself some plants. Because it was one of the things that got me out of the depths of it.

Did you think I was going to spare you from looking at at least a few of my babies? No chance.

These are my spider lilies the first time it bloomed, 8 months after I brought the plant home.

garden spiderlillies

My saplings & herbs all together.

An activity my son & I did together, re-potting a succulent into a glass jar.

succulent garden

My first tomtoms…

tom tom garden

And when those Aphids attacked my lovely basil plant. Wheeeew…

aphids garden

Yay! so glad I got my first week of AtoZChallenge done! See you all next week.

The Gardener: Does Gardening Cure Depression?: #AtoZChallenge
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14 thoughts on “The Gardener: Does Gardening Cure Depression?: #AtoZChallenge

  • April 8, 2017 at 11:39 pm
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    Hey, where do you order plants online? Do you mean seeds or saplings? (cos I tried some seeds from Amazon, but they were very very expensive)

    I agree with you on this one. I tried a hand at balcony gardening last year and it was such a good phase in my life. Then I had to give it up, but now I’ve gotten a chance to start again from scratch. πŸ™‚

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    • April 9, 2017 at 12:01 am
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      I ordered from this website called Nurserylive. The interface was not too consumer friendly then, must have improved now. Quality of most plants was good though.
      If you go to nursery nearby it is definitely cheaper(but carrying up problem). I stopped buying seeds because most veg or herbs you can grow from kitchen scraps. Saplings or small plants are better to buy than seeds in my humble opinion.

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      • April 9, 2017 at 12:02 am
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        You can’t always trust seeds too. Sometimes they turn out to be duds πŸ™ Will check out nurserylive πŸ™‚

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    • April 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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      Try starting with small tomatoes or chillies(beware of plant diseases though). You can use seeds from what you buy for your food itself.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 6:10 am
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    I agree gardening is good for the mood. The digging, the planning, the coaxing and then seeing things grow.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 11:23 am
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    Oh yes! I believe gardening can be a help for many things that ail us! Being in the sun, even the rain, digging in the dirt, the fresh air – it’s all good. Add to that the nurturing and tending to something valuable and there you go. πŸ™‚

    Your plants are lovely! I love your spider lilies!

    I do a garden series myself in the spring/summer, so that’s something we have in common – the love of the plants. πŸ™‚

    Vanessa @Vanessence

    My “theme” – A Thirty-Word Story, revealing one word of the story each day of the challenge.
    #AtoZChallenge The Letter G

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    • April 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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      Great that you are into gardening too! Connecting with nature is so important for all of us right now, considering our urban lifestyles.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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      You hit the nail on the head! Giving gives us back something always!

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  • April 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm
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    Congratulations on a great looking garden (except for the aphids). We now own a house after renting for five years. Last year’s garden burned in the Arizona heat, so I started it earlier and have a roll-up shade to protect it from the late afternoon sun. I’m already seeing little tomatoes!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 10, 2017 at 10:36 am
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      Thank you Cheryl. All the best for a plentiful harvest this year:)

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