Gardening Time Relieves Stress

Peaceful Forest Homestead

The Backyard at Peaceful Forest Homestead

Time spent in the garden is valuable,. Not only for the food you will put on your table, but for relieving stress. Gardening time is important for me. It is a time when I can think about things and observe nature. The biggest stress I have out there is my cats digging in my raised beds. Every day it is rewarding to find which plants have progressed from the day before. It is amazing how fast they grow!

Pepper Plant

Pepper plants growing in cinder blocks.

If you have something on your mind and need to think about it, this is the perfect time. Working in the garden with your spouse or child is a perfect time to have discussions about important matters. I find it less stressful if I need to talk to someone about something if we are out in the garden. Whether they are helping me, or we are sitting out there having a glass of ice tea or our morning coffee. Something about the atmosphere of the garden causes you and others to relax and stay calm.

Salad Bowl


Seeing my plants grow gives me a satisfied feeling. I know that when I go to the grocery store food is very expensive now. Not to mention that I don’t know where it was grown and what it was grown from. What is on it and who handled it? My plants are grown from organic seeds and have had nothing bad on them. I do not use any sprays or pesticides of any type on them. We don’t even use a rototiller or tractor, that would spread gasoline fumes on the ground they are planted in. I like knowing that.

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Set up an area in your garden with a couple of chairs and a table or bench. Then enjoy your morning coffee or tea out there. My husband and I have been doing that most mornings now. If we get up early enough, the birds are singing up a storm! My favorite sound in the world! We sit out there in the early morning hours and plan our day. A nice start to the day. Try it!

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Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole

Watching My Garden Grow

Bean Plant

Close up shot of one my heirloom bush beans!

Our weather is perfect here in upstate NY for growing a garden. It always is. Our reputation is one of no sun. It is a deserved reputation, I guess. But we get some sun and lots of rain. Guess what makes your garden grow? Not hot temps and no rain! Sorry all my southern friends, especially Texans. I wish I could send you some of the excess rain we get here in NY, but I don’t want you to send me your hot temperatures.

Bush Bean Beds

The second bed has heirloom wax beans in it.

I am looking forward to harvesting and canning a lot of beans this year. It is a plant that really does well for me. It is true that the more you pick the more you will get. We pick them as much as possible. When the plants give out after a few pickings, I pull them up and plant some more. Green beans are a staple that I like to keep a lot of in my pantry. I weeded these beds today and they look like they are doing good so far.

Cucumber Seedlings

Heirloom cucumber seedlings waiting to be planted!

Today, my internet went down so I worked out in the garden. I planted these little seedlings. Blonde Boothby cucumbers, which we loved last year. We were eating them like apples all summer! The other one is Lemon cucumbers and last year they did not do well in the ground. So I am hoping they will do better this year. I’d like to try them. I am planning on trying to make some pickles again this year. We went through every jar I had in the pantry this year. And most of those were pickles my father made from his garden the year before last I think.

Blackberry Bush RipeningBlackberries are starting to ripen.

 How is your garden coming along? Is it all planted? You still have time to get your garden in!


Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole

Gardening Season Getting Underway

Bush Bean SeedlingBush Bean Seedling


I don’t know if everyone gets as excited as I do, when I see my plants starting to pop their heads through the soil. I look at them all day long and every time I go back to them, it looks like they have grown more. I swear, if I watched them all day long, I could see them move up and out of the ground. If I watch them though, I never see them move at all.


Beans Coming UpHard to see, but they are coming up.

When you are gardening it seems that you are at the mercy of the weather. There are ways to work around the weather and you may get your garden in and producing even faster. Starting some of your seeds in your house, babying them along until the weather conditions are right for the plants may be the answer.


Cucumber Seedlings Coming UpHeirloom Cucumber Seedlings

If the weather is too cold, get them started in the house until they can go in the ground and survive on their own. Or if your climate is hot, start them in containers and keep them that way so you can move them around and prevent them from overheating and drying out. Not having enough rain is the biggest problem for gardeners who live in the south or southwest. Collecting rain water or saving water from household uses is a good way to keep your garden watered.


Raised Cinder Block and Rock BedEasy To Make Raised Bed

Don’t make your garden too big if you are just starting out. Make it smaller and it can grow every year. Start out with an easy plan so it does not seem like a big chore. Nothing will stop a new gardener faster than having to water or weed a huge garden. Too much work! Later on you can add to it as you learn how to do it. Make an easy to work in raised bed and you can grow a lot of food in it. Easy to weed, easy to water and easy to harvest!


Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole