Gardening fights depression naturally


It makes sense that cultivating a garden of any type can help one’s state of mind, even preventing or resolving issues of depression. Focusing on nourishing plant life takes one’s attention to nature and away from negative “stinkin’ thinkin'” that fosters depression.

The energy field of natural settings also helps calm the mind. Ayurveda practitioners recommend walks in nature, not malls, to balance and harmonize one’s energies. Then there’s the sunshine received while gardening to promote more vitamin D3, which also reduces depression risks (

Finally, there are the fruits of gardening food, the food itself. Most food gardening is done without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. So it’s organic despite not having the label!

It’s also very fresh and full of life. Agri-business products tend to lose nutrients while sitting around in warehouses and stores or in transit with long distance shipping.

Increasing food prices, increasing GMO infiltration, and increasing centralization of food sources that make the food supply more vulnerable to drought and other natural or man-made calamities can lead to losing confidence of how to eat in the near future.

A recently released movie, “Side Effects”, floats a definition of depression as losing

Winter Care for Potted Shrubs


Potted shrubs aren’t as adaptable to tough winters as those in the ground — the soil in the container simply can’t provide the insulation in-ground soil can. Roots of plants in containers have greater exposure to below-freezing temperatures on all sides.

Cold weather also can heave plants out of the soil. This happens when temperatures fluctuate, causing the soil to freeze, thaw, and freeze again. This cycle is traumatic for roots. When heaving occurs, it leaves the plant’s roots exposed to the cold weather and winter winds, which cause them to dry out, putting your plants in jeopardy.

Give Your Shrubs an Advantage

You can take a few measures that help your plants make it through a tough winter. Be aware that smaller containers freeze much faster than larger containers, so the larger the container, the better, even for dwarf shrub varieties. Young, tender plants aren’t as resilient as established plants. Because fertilization and pruning results in new, tender foliage, cease doing both in midsummer to help shrubs harden off for winter. As you go into fall and winter,

Keep Your Landscape Safe from Winter Salt

Know Your De-Icers


While there are a number of de-icers to consider, they aren’t created equally, nor are they perfect.¬†Before you use a de-icer, determine whether coarse sand or another abrasive, such as sawdust, will be enough to provide traction and make both sidewalks and driveways less slick. If so, they are less harsh than de-icers that are chloride based.

Salts (chlorides) are a common ice-melting agent, but they aren’t friends to plants. When buying a de-icing product, check the label for information on its effectiveness at varying temperatures. Some work better at lower temperatures than others.

One of the most common de-icers available is sodium chloride, also known as rock salt. It’s inexpensive, which increases its popularity, but it is harmful to plants, vehicles, and concrete. ¬†Calcium chloride will melt ice and is less harmful to plants than rock salt. It is corrosive to concrete and metal and can cause skin irritation. Magnesium chloride can be a good option at about 1-2 pounds per 100 square feet.

Another option is potassium chloride, also called muriate of potash, which is used in fertilizer. Follow directions