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5 soothing garden tasks to keep you busy when you’re at home

Article by Homes to Love

Getting in the garden and using your hands is a great way to soothe your mind and keep busy. Here are some practical and creative tasks you can do while you’re self-isolating

It is well known that plants can improve your health and wellbeing. By sparking a connection with nature and breathing in the fresh air, green spaces can make us feel happier and healthier. Whether you have a full veggie garden or a few house plants, these ideas will help you soothe your mind and keep busy around the house.

1. Plant your favourite winter veggies

Whether you’re being more health-conscious or would like to keep your grocery bill down, there are countless benefits of growing food at home. Creating a veggie patch is a great first step to being more self-sufficient and is a wonderful way to practise mindfulness. To help get you started, here’s a list of the best vegetables to plant this autumn.

2. Create your own herb garden

Add colour to your kitchen and save money in the long run by making your own little edible garden. You can easily purchase seeds or herbs, like one of these five popular varieties, from your local plant shop. Consider adding them to a larger container or try a recycled glass jar for added aesthetic.

3. Create a new planter with your old ceramics 

This DIY hack is so clever you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought of it before. With just two matching bowls and liquid nails, you can revive your old ceramics and create a new home for your favourite succulents or small indoor plants.

Just flip one of the bowls over and glue the bases together. To draw moisture away from the roots, add some gravel to the base of the bowl and sprinkle potting mix over the roots to keep the plant stable.

4. Clean your indoor plants

The best trick to keeping your indoor plants happy and healthy involves more than simply watering them regularly. Just like all your decorative ornaments, indoor plants also accumulate dust, which will partially block sunlight and reduce the plant’s ability to photosynthesize.

Hardy plants, such as the much-loved fiddle leaf fig, can be sprayed with a hose or shower, then wiped over with a cloth. More delicate plants will need to be cleaned using a soft duster and sprayed with water to wash away the residue.

5  Set up your own compost bin

As a natural way to recycle garden and kitchen waste, using your own compost bin is the best way to keep harmful methane gases out of the landfill. Not only is this good for the planet, but compost helps release nutrients, meaning healthier and stronger plants.

Depending on the size of your garden, there are different routes you can take for your needs. The most efficient gardener may prefer a worm farm, such as this innovative design from for a fast and efficient way to compost your scraps.

Words by: Katie Delany.

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