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Planting a Garden Can Heal You

By March 28, 2010

Springtime is here! My husband and I spent the weekend working in our garden. In addition to adding some colorful flowers to the patio containers, we also planted many types of fruits, vegetables and herbs. I can't wait to cook with our home-grown vegetables over the next few months.

Many of my patients tell me they used to love gardening, but it's simply too hard on them now. Well, I disagree. Ok, maybe someone with chronic back pain can't spend all day on their knees pulling weeds, but that doesn't mean they can't still get their hands in the dirt. In fact, we run a gardening group on our rehabilitation unit to teach our patients what they can do: potting small plants on a table, minor pruning and watering our containers. It's wonderful to see smiles on their faces when they realize their gardening days are not over.

Curious about adding gardening to your routine? Here is a wonderful guide to getting started with gardening when you have a chronic illness, written by our Guide to COPD: Planting a Healing Garden.

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