Gardening | Nothing like getting down and dirty to lift your spirits

JOYFUL: The garden is the perfect place to soothe and inspire your soul.
JOYFUL: The garden is the perfect place to soothe and inspire your soul.

Patience is something that most gardeners should have in spades, but in today's fast-paced world it is something many people lack.

However, the pandemic has forced us all to slow down and reflect on what is important to us and to nourish the soul, and there is no better soul food than that within a garden.

Keeping occupied during lockdown, isolation or just playing safe during the pandemic can be challenging, which is where the garden can help.

Remember the joy as a kid when you ventured out into the garden to play in the mud after spending a rainy day indoors or growing wheat seeds on cotton wool as a science project?

Today's kids are no different.

From nine to 92, whether reconnecting with the simple joy of gardening or discovering a love for all things green for the first time, now is the perfect time to get down and dirty.

Sometimes we just need permission to let the child within us all come out to play and the garden is the ideal place to do so.

Gardening can be as simple or sophisticated as you like, but always dress for the occasion.

Some old clothes, a pair of sturdy shoes, hat and gloves and you have the perfect ensemble.

Gardens provide us with opportunities to express our creativity, nurture our spirit and nourish our bodies.

It's no wonder gardening has become one of the nation's most popular pastimes.

Gardens are continuously changing over years, seasons, months and days.

This constant state of flux is what makes gardening so enjoyable; there is always something requiring attention and surprises in the garden continuously provide us with a sense of joy and connection.

The addictive nature of gardening will ensure that you do find the time to continue growing and, as with any worthwhile endeavour, there will be the odd setback.

Learn from the mistakes and challenges that nature throws at you and just like the garden, you too will grow.

The real trick to a satisfying and fulfilling life is about connecting with nature, not technology and during these challenging times, the garden can provide that connection with just a little effort.