Learning a new language is hard, even more so when this language involves that of plants -an entirely new world that you can only master by actually putting in gardening work and spending the time to put your knowledge to the test by taking care of the plants.
You may think gardening can be quite a hassle, but it’s a pretty rewarding and meaningful task. It can grant you peace of mind once you get on your gardening gloves and pamper each bud and sprout with care. Additionally, it can reduce your stress levels and reduce burnout, as it did in a study conducted in Portugal.
Furthermore, take on this challenge now, and learn the language of plants little by little as you read and discover the benefits to gardening, and the three best plants you could start with:
Why Should You Start Gardening?
Gardening grants you everything you may probably need in your life – giving you a sense of accomplishment, providing you with a food source, getting you connected with nature, and granting you a sense of calmness.
Likewise, gardening helps keep your brain active – which lowers the chances of brain shrinkage. All of the sitting, standing, pulling, pushing, and overall efforts you make when gardening definitely bears fruit as physical activities help keep your brain stronger than ever. Thus, with gardening, your moving body will result in a healthier brain.
What Plants Should I Start Planting?
When learning a new activity, you’re going to have to start somewhere – and what better way than with these three plants listed below:
These flowers will surely catch your eye with their color pop of bright red and yellow! Not only this, but they are also available in colors that are white, pale yellow, and dark red. By starting your garden with these flowers, you create a beautiful picture and wow others with bright hues.
Taking care of these flowers is no sweat at all! You would only need to put it in an area where it can bathe in the full sun and give it an inch of water per week. Regardless of the soil and never mind the fertilizer, these flowers will not disappoint as they will deliver on the best showcase from early spring until even late fall.
The coreopsis is not only known for its flowers, but it can also be used as medicine, food, or dye. Its roots can be used to make a tea that is a treatment for diarrhea, its plants can be used as a substitute for coffee when dried, and its flowers can be used to make colored dye. Thus, if you’re curious as to the tiniest details of the coreopsis plant, you could always check out GardenersPath.com to learn more about it!
Don’t shy away from this plant just because of its name – as this survives and thrives in any environmental condition you may put it in. With its luscious green leaves lined with a bright yellow, the addition of this plant to your garden will be beautiful and elegant.
This plant is not picky as it doesn’t need you to prune its foliage all the time. It could also grow either in the shade or in the full sun – and it could even withstand cold temperatures. When it comes to being fed fertilizer or even watered, it doesn’t ask for too much.
Although this plant won’t ask for a lot, it will present you with a medicinal use: absorbing cancer pollutants in the air. Through these, you could quickly get a defense in your backyard – all the while improving your home’s ambiance.
The monstera deliciosa, or ceriman, is the plant you will find on websites or the plant that interior designers will flaunt out. With its glossy texture, split-cut leaves, and “Instagram-able” mood, this plant is the best finishing touch to your garden.
You could plant the monstera in a medium loam or heavy clay soil and get indirect light in an area where it gets indirect light. Also, you need to water this plant regularly for it to thrive to its best. And in the case where you put it indoors, you could also spray the foliage to increase the humidity.
These evergreen plants also have a lot of medicinal uses for you as their fruits and leaves are used to treat arthritis in Mexico, and their roots are used as a cure for venomous snakebites. With this plant, you get more than what you asked for!
Indeed, taking on gardening is never easy – but it does pay off with a bit of time and effort. By taking each step slowly and surely, you also grow and flourish physically and mentally. And with the basic knowledge of the three plants listed above as the kick-starter, there will surely be more surprises for you in this floral journey!