healing haven

March 2, 2008

Healing in the Garden

Filed under: appreciation,gardening,healing — by thalia @ 3:45 pm

     Yesterday was the first spring day in the high 60’s here in the Arkansas Ozarks.  I had to decide whether to spend my time continuing to work this site or be in the garden.  Happy to say, I choose to appreciate the outdoors and the lovely weather.   

     After trimming some bushes and doing the necessary cleanup, I then turned to the garden area requiring first attention each spring.  That is to say, the onion bed.  Now overgrown with long bermuda grass skeletons about to burst forth into active continually-growing strands and the newly emerging “weeds” that can be used for foraging but if left unchecked take over, this area needs to be cleared and prepared for the small onion bulbs.  However, once I got under the spiders-web of debris, I delighted to find some onions from last year had already come forth.  I pulled the smaller of these to enjoy now, divided the larger and planted some new. 

     Getting cuts from pulling against the resistance of long runners of Bermuda grass, seeing dirt under my fingernails, feeling hands dried out from the soil sucking the moisture out, and smelling the onions in the spring air – all this added to my delight of the day.  For this was all part of gardening that enhances my healing from the stresses of the week.

     Gentle sun with a slight breeze, birds singing, earthworms wriggling, little green shoots reaching upwards, the feel and smell of the earth – this outweighs the aching back and sore muscles I now feel.  Healing the ravages of stress can be hard work.  



  1. You’ve chosen a lovely presentation theme for your blog. It is a peaceful island within the chaos of the blogosphere. I know I am going to enjoy coming here.


    Comment by Lori — March 14, 2008 @ 8:44 pm |Reply

  2. I can’t wait to get out in clean up my gardens but it keeps raining (which is good, but not for cleanup!)

    Comment by jodhiay — March 15, 2008 @ 1:20 pm |Reply

  3. Your blog is developing beautifully Thalia. It is a place I will enjoy coming to visit. I will add a link to you at the Temple of Solace and in the Wild Gardens of Lemuria to ensure that many others find this world your have created.

    Comment by Heather Blakey — April 9, 2008 @ 4:07 pm |Reply

  4. I love the aroma of onions, it’s so earthy. Sounds like some lovely time in the garden.

    Comment by imogen88 — April 10, 2008 @ 9:04 am |Reply

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