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Gardening for Wellbeing in February: Embracing the Beauty of Winter

Updated: Feb 10

As February unfolds, the winter landscape may seem barren and cold, but beneath the surface lies an opportunity to harness the therapeutic benefits of gardening for wellbeing. Despite the chilly temperatures, there are numerous ways to engage in gardening activities that promote mental, emotional, and physical health during this time of year.

Indoor Gardening Projects

Embrace the warmth of indoor spaces by starting indoor gardening projects. Set up a small herb garden on a sunny windowsill or explore the world of houseplants.

Create indoor garden spaces within the care home where residents can engage in gardening activities regardless of the weather outside. Set up raised beds or containers filled with easy-to-care-for plants like herbs, succulents, or flowering houseplants. These indoor gardens offer residents the chance to nurture living plants and enjoy the beauty of nature year-round. Tending to indoor greenery not only brings a touch of nature indoors but also provides a sense of nurturing and accomplishment.

Planning and Preparation

Use February as a time for planning and preparation for the upcoming growing season. Research new plant varieties, provide seed catalogues and gardening magazines to look through for inspiration. Lookout particularly for plants which share their name with those of your residents.

Sketch out garden layouts, and start seeds indoors for transplanting once the weather warms.

Engaging in these preparatory activities instills a sense of anticipation and purpose, fueling enthusiasm for the gardening season ahead.

Winter Garden Maintenance

Brave the elements and venture into the garden to perform essential maintenance tasks. Prune dormant trees and shrubs, clear away debris, and tidy up garden beds. Engaging in light physical activity outdoors amidst the crisp winter air invigorates the body and clears the mind.

Form garden maintenance teams comprised of interested residents who can assist with caring for indoor or outdoor garden spaces. Tasks such as watering plants, deadheading flowers, or sweeping garden paths not only promote physical activity but also instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Winter Interest Plants

Explore the beauty of plants that shine in the winter landscape. Consider adding winter interest plants such as evergreens, ornamental grasses, and plants with striking bark or colourful berries to your garden. These elements provide visual interest and create a sense of tranquility amidst the winter scenery.

Garden Centre Visits

Organise visits to your local garden centre(s). Have a coffee in the cafe, or perhaps lunch. Explore the indoor areas if the weather is too poor to go outside. Check the 'sale' section for a few bargains. Make friends with the manager and see if you can get any special deals for your residents. Check to see if they organise talks or demonstrations, and make sure that your residents get the opportunity to attend if they wish.

By embracing gardening activities tailored to the unique needs and interests of residents, care homes can cultivate comfort, connection, and wellbeing throughout the month of February.


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