Hello, and welcome to Grandma’s Garden.
My name is Michelle and I’m the person behind Grandma’s Garden – welcome.
As you’ve probably already read, I love to be around flowers, insects and pottering around in my garden. Whether it’s photographing my many insect and bird visitors, growing flowers and foliage for arranging or creating digital paintings, enjoying our ever changing seasons or simply relaxing on a warm evening watching the nearby bats swooping over the pond. My garden is where it all happens and the place I love to be the most!
With this website, I want to encourage people to start sowing and growing. Not only to help our declining bee and insect populations but also to help ourselves.
The benefits of gardening.
Gardening is beneficial for mental health and well-being. Studies have found that the mental health benefits of gardening are extensive. Not only can regular gardening reduce mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but it can also reduce stress and combat high blood pressure, as well as improving overall physical fitness. Personally, I can’t think of a better way of exercising; can you tell I’m not a fitness fanatic or a gym bunny?
Reconnecting with nature helps to de-stress and relax us from the pressures of everyday life by giving our minds a break from those things that might be getting us down.
Having a bad day? Concentrating hard on a physical task is a great ways to vent some fury. Grab a shovel and get digging. Or better yet, pick up the garden shears and take it out on those brambles hiding in the hedge. Although cutting, chopping, hacking and digging are destructiveness, in the garden it can actually be a good thing. PLUS you’ll have something to show for your efforts afterwards.
What’s in the store?
I have carefully selected a number of cottage garden flowers and wildflower mixes that a large variety of all pollinators love. I have also included a small number of herbs and tomatoes as they have more than one purpose, insects love them and they are edible, plus they are easy to grow. There are also a number of foliage plants for those like myself who like to do flower arranging from time to time.
At the moment the selection is quite small as this is a new venture but I am planning on adding more as time goes by, maybe some squashes or peppers. If there is anything you’d like to see please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
And if you’re thinking but I’m not interested in gardening or I haven’t got the space then please think again. All it takes is one small pot on your windowsill or patio to get started. And believe me when I say, there really is nothing more satisfying than watching nature enjoying the flowers; or cooking using the ingredients you’ve nurtured and grown – there really isn’t.
I hope you’ll join me on this exciting new journey 🙂