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Unlock the Mindfulness of Gardening Without a Garden

Gardening isn’t just about creating a beautiful yard – it’s a creative outlet that sparks joy and provides a sense of accomplishment. But what if you don’t have the space or energy to maintain a full garden? Fear not! You can still reap the mindfulness benefits of gardening without sacrificing your sanity.

Start Small: Windowsill Herb Garden

If you have a sunny windowsill, you’re just a few steps away from growing your own herbs. It’s a great way to dip your toes into gardening without committing to a full-scale garden. Plus, you’ll have a constant supply of fresh herbs to spice up your cooking.

“Herbs can be used for cooking or brewing teas, which have a wide range of wellness benefits for both body and mind,” says Nancy Awot-Traut, horticulture expert at Burpee Gardening.

Get Creative: Container Gardening

Containergärtnerei is the perfect solution for those with limited outdoor space. You can grow a variety of plants, from fruits and veggies to flowers and succulents, in pots, raised beds, or large planters. It’s a great way to control the size of your garden and tailor it to your needs.

Container gardening is the perfect solution for those with limited outdoor space.

“Container gardens can be anything from one or two pots to larger fabric and wood planters, allowing you to control the size of your garden based on how much you’re able to manage,” Awot-Traut says.

Bring the Outdoors In: Houseplants

If you don’t have the space for a garden, why not bring some greenery indoors? Houseplants are a great way to nurture a connection to nature without committing to a big garden. Plus, caring for houseplants is a great year-round hobby.

If you don't have the space for a garden, why not bring some greenery indoors?

“It’s cathartic to get your hands in soil, even if it’s a single potted plant in your home,” says Carlie Paluzzi, Co-Founder & COO at BWH Plant Co.

Take a Break: Visit a Local Nursery

Step into a lush oasis by visiting your local nursery or garden center. You’ll get the benefits of being surrounded by plants without adding to your own space, and you might just find inspiration for your own garden.

“I like to visit plant nurseries in the early spring because it gives my spirit a boost for the promise of what’s to come as the weather warms,” says Marci Bonner, an associate at Richardson & Associates Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

Get Creative: Floral Arrangements

If you love the idea of a cutting garden but don’t have the means to maintain one, foraging might be your answer. Simply gather your favorite wildflowers and unique foliage stems from your backyard or community space, then bring them home to create a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement.

Create a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement.

“Not only does this activity allow you to appreciate nature and breathe fresh air outdoors, but it also brings the beauty of nature’s treasures into your home, offering a holistic experience for the body and soul,” says Laura Walsh, director of marketing at Oasis Forage Products.

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