Relieving stress and getting a little exercise top the list of ways to promote better health. In finishing my Masters in Human Behavior in 2012, I had the privilege of conducting a small study on people who garden. My most significant finding was that lifelong gardeners are very happy. No big surprise, really. Many of us in San Diego have gardened straight through winter rains, pruning while plants were dormant or producing winter vegetables like the leafy Bok Choy I sautée in olive oil with poppy seeds. Others are just now getting the gardening bug with San Diego’s blue spring skies. Our optimal spring weather provides the perfect opportunity to combine stress-relief and exercise. You can call your gardening by the official psychological term, “horticulture therapy,” or simply enjoy yourself. Either way, it’s well-known that creating a natural space can support your well-being.
Here are some free San Diego gardening tools to get your green thumb going:
* How about learning how to use less water while enjoying your garden? The San Diego County Water Authority has the free Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape, available as an online flip book or a downloadable pdf.
* You might also enjoy this free California-friendly Gardening for San Diego County online resource.
* Drought tolerant plants are must in the San Diego area. That doesn’t mean skimping on looks in your yard. Offered by San Diego’s The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, free garden tours led by docents plus many drought-tolerant gardening events where you can learn how to use less water in your garden. You can also visit and learn on your own about water conservation gardening in San Diego daily 9am to 4pm – - it’s free.
* Home Depots around the county are offering free classes on water saving gardening, too. Classes are still available March 23 and April 20 so check the full schedule to attend.
* Learn more about growing tomatoes at these free tomato growing events at Grangetto’s locations (March 27 in Fallbrook, April 3 in Encinitas). Grangetto’s has container gardening and other events too. You might want to join Grangetto’s garden club while you’re looking at their website as well … you’ll get a 10% coupon plus lots of gardening information.
Do you know of other free San Diego gardening events or resources? Please let me know (you can contact me or open the comment window below).
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