Evergreen Ideas For A Winter Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Evergreen Ideas For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenIt’s easy to understand why evergreens have been cherished since ancient times. While many plants are dormant and dead-looking in the winter, evergreens stay green in freezing temperatures. There are many ways to introduce color and life to your outdoor space this winter. Featured below are a few suggestions.

Focal Point – add pyramid shapes or round balls, evergreens are ideal for creating focal points in your winter garden.

Energize – for your outdoor spaces add fragrant evergreens to doorways with matching planters.

Accent – for stagnant area add cypress topiary that sparks the Chi in pleasant ways.

Borders – try planting a protective border with conifers that block unpleasant sights and improve air quality.

Using the evergreens in your garden planning creates an outdoor space in harmony with nature where you can relax and enjoy the beneficial flow of energy you’ve helped to create.

How To Grow Jasmine For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Jasmine Growing Tips For Breast Cancer Garden TherapyJasmine has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Jasmine is used to relieve all manner of symptoms and diseases, including even some forms of cancer, like breast cancer.

The largest usage of jasmine can be found in aromatherapy. Jasmine is said to have a calming, relaxing effect. In addition, the scent of the flower is said to help sufferers of depression find relief.

Jasmine plants love being out in the sun, this makes them great for decorating walkways and sidewalks and in gardens. Jasmine plants brighten up rooms and make the indoor environment seem friendlier.

Jasmine propagation is possible in two different ways: rooting jasmine cuttings and planting jasmine seeds. Both methods create healthy young jasmine plants that can later be transplanted into your garden.

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When and How to Propagate Jasmine Plants
Jasmine originated in the tropics, so it will grow best when transplanted outdoors once the weather approaches summer temperatures.

Jasmine seeds

  1. Start jasmine seeds indoors about three months before your outdoor planting date.
  2. Soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting.
  3. Fill six-pack cells with potting soil, and soak the soil completely.
  4. Allow it to drain before planting, then plant one seed in each cell.
  5. Cover the six-packs with plastic to help retain moisture and place them in direct sunlight.
  6. Keep the soil moist while the seedlings sprout.
  7. Repot seedlings when they get two pairs of true leaves, putting each seedling in a gallon-sized planter.
  8. Keep the plants indoors for at least one month.

Jasmine cuttings
If starting a jasmine plant by rooting jasmine cuttings is the way you’d rather propagate, start by:

  1. Making cuttings of the stem tips from a healthy jasmine plant.
  2. Make the cuttings about 6 inches long, and cut each one directly below a leaf.
  3. Strip the leaves from the bottom part of the cutting and dip it in rooting hormone powder.
  4. Place each cutting into a hole in damp sand in a planter, and place the planter in a plastic bag to hold moisture.
  5. Keep the planter in a 75-degree room (24 C.) out of direct sunlight.
  6. Roots should develop within a month, after which you can transplant the jasmine plants into potting soil to strengthen their root systems before putting them into the garden.

Tips for Propagating Jasmine
Jasmine is a tropical plant and loves to be kept moist at all times. If you can’t mist or water new seedlings multiple times a day, install automatic watering systems and plastic covers to help retain moisture.

Keeping soil moist doesn’t mean allowing the plant’s roots to soak in water. After a thorough watering, allow the planter to drain, and never leave a planter sitting in a tray of water.

Article Source: Starting A Jasmine Plant

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Hydroponic Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

Hydroponic Garden Ideas For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenFor a healthy recovery use an approach centered around nutrition and lifestyle. Altering your diet from the usual processed food intake of pizza and doughnuts into freshly made juice from your own garden you will begin to realize what it’s like to actually feel healthy and happy. This new lifestyle will led to a whole new take on life. And as research has shown, the foods you eat do actually contribute to your physical wellbeing. Meanwhile, processed foods are loaded with toxic chemicals that actually contribute to cancer.

With these 3 inspiring home hydroponic garden ideas you can participate in your own healthy recovery. It is an amazing way to garden because you can grow a lot without taking up ground space and you can grow organic produce without worrying about your soil. All of the nutrients are circulated through the water.

Amazing Hydroponic Garden in a shed this is virtually free food for your future. Learn more about Living Towers hydroponic systems HEREHydroponic Farm With Living Towers

This is a brief guide by Michael Taeuber on how to use some old windows and turn them into a small greenhouse in you back yard. via : Instructables – See more at: Alternative GardeningBack Yard Greenhouse DIY For Breast Cancer Hydroponic Garden

Most people are under the impression that hydroponic gardening is expensive, difficult and requires a lot of knowledge. The truth is, it can be simpler, easier, and more productive than in-ground gardens! Try this Beginner’s Guide to Hydroponic Gardening.

Beginner’s Guide to Hydroponic Gardening

Not everyone has a few acres or a large greenhouse to grow in, and yet everyone should be able to have their own garden. Because of this, we suggest a method of gardening VERTICALLY that is easy to build and maintain. This system is ideal for strawberries, lettuce, flowers, mint, basil, and many other herbs and plants will all flourish in this system. Learn More HEREStart Your Own Vertical GardenYou can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care & deep understanding of ecosystem function, it is largely self-maintaining.

Featured Photo From VGS BambooDawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Healing Garden Totem Pole Ideas

Peace Totem Pole For Healing GardenA garden totem pole can transform your garden from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It can provide a feature that many gardens are lacking.  You can use totems to fill in areas of your garden that are temporarily bare or sparse due to the time of the season.

With just a bit of creativity and craftsmanship you can make your very own garden totems. Some totems will last for years. Here are a few sites that offer instructions for getting you started:

Peace Pole in Healing GardenGarden totem poles come in a variety of materials such as wood, glass and stone. Our first garden DIY project is a Peace Pole. We just love this pole.  It can stand outside your front door, under an oak tree, or between plants procured from friends and family.  Gardening is all about peace. PEACE POLE DIY

MOSAIC TOTEM POLE

Mosaic Totem PolesOur next garden totem pole is a mosaic project. The benefits of working with mosaic tiles is you can add the colors you love most. Great winter craft project. Mosaic Tile Totem Pole Instructions

STONE TOTEM POLEStone Totem Pole For Healing Garden‘This Old House’ shows us how to make a stone sculpture for your garden with these easy instructions. They even tell you what kind of epoxy to use, which can be the hardest thing to figure out for these kind of outdoor projects.

GLASS TOTEM POLE
Glass Totem Pole For Healing Garden

These glass totem poles are so much fun and there are so many variations. You can use colored glass or even pottery pieces. They can be left out all winter will be still in perfect shape. GLASS TOTEM POLE DIY

A garden is a spiritual place to spend time, a place of tranquility and a place to escape from everyday life. A totem can help to make your garden even more healing. And a totem is certainly a unique decoration. How many totem-decorated gardens have you seen?

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Breast Cancer Awareness Garden Scarecrow Ideas

Breast Cancer Authority Garden Scarecrow IdeasThese scarecrows all have a fairly traditional form, the scarecrow makers have given their scarecrows a wide range of interesting personalities through the clothing, hair, hats and faces. The traditional scarecrow ideas, pictured here, include a breast cancer awareness theme.

DIY Scarecrow
This page includes a variety of scarecrow ideas for you to make traditional style scarecrows. Use your scarecrow making skills to choose faces, hair styles and clothing so that your traditional scarecrow becomes unique and memorable.
Pink Witch Photo 
Man & Woman Scarecrow Photo

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Healthy Fall Vegetable Container Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

Fall Vegetable Garden Ideas For Breast CancerGrowing vegetables in container gardens in the fall and winter can keep your kitchen thriving through the months when your local farmers markets and grocery stores are stocking wimpy, high-priced imported veggies. Choosing the right vegetables to grow on your porch or balcony makes all the difference in keeping your kitchen freshly stocked throughout the year, no matter what the temperature is. Here are eight vegetables to try planting in your fall container garden.

Greens and root herbs are the way to go with fall gardening. When you plant in September or early October, germination can actually happen more quickly since the ground is still warm. However, you may need to wait a few extra weeks for maturation if you’re in a cold winter climate. Some of the best plants to grow in your fall containers are these hearty greens and herbs:

1. Arugula: These greens are so hearty, they’re incredibly easy to grow. And since they’re also super expensive at the grocery store,  growing them at home is both tasty and frugal. Arugula is great in fresh green salads or on sandwiches instead of lettuce. Tips on How To Grow Arugula

Arugula Fall Container Garden for Breast Cancer2. Garlic: This root herb is a MUST in cold winter climates like the Northeast. These hearty little bulbs can thrive underground or deep in a container even under a layer of frost. And fresh garlic has so many uses in your kitchen, you’ll never grow tired of these beauties. If you are low on space, you can even plant a small container inside your kitchen using just one clove of garlic! The clove will sprout and multiply in very small spaces. You should also try out windowsill gardening if you’re tight on space for your kitchen garden. How To Grow Garlic     How To Grow Garlic For Breast Cancer Healing3. Kale: A hearty and lovely green, kale thrives in fall and winter in all but the coldest climates. It’s somewhat cold tolerant, so it will survive early winter gales. But bring it inside if the frost is persistent for several weeks in a row. If you’re not sure whether this will work in your climate zone, check fall gardening guidelines by zone. Tips For Growing Kale
Kale Fall Container Idea For Breast Cancer4. Spinach: Another hearty green, spinach is a favorite for salads and savory baked meals alike. Spinach won’t survive the harsh winters of the Northeast, but will tough it out through the seasons in the rest of the U.S. Tips On How To Grow Spinach

Container Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer 5. Asparagus: Both asparagus and brussels sprouts are long-term projects (think: a couple of years in your garden before yielding edible veggies). But, fall gardening is a great time to start these plants out. Start them now, when you have less containers to deal with and you’ll be able to give them a little extra attention. And, in a couple of years, you’ll have delicious asparagus to grill in the summer months. Learn How To Grow Asparagus     Asparagus for Breast Cancer6. Brussels Sprouts: These sprouts are a favorite in roasted winter vegetable mixes. They’ve gotten a bad rap over the years as an undesirable vegetable for picky kids. But roast them in a hot oven and let them caramelize a bit and you’ll swear you always loved these sweet tiny cabbage-like treats.How To Grow Brussel Sprouts For Breast Cancer Healing7. Turnips: Root vegetables are a great choice for the cooler container gardening months. Deep in the soil of your larger container pots, turnips will keep warm and thrive. And they’re also a great addition to those oven-roasted winter vegetable mixes.Turnip Root Container Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing8. Carrots: A family favorite, carrots survive larger containers by keeping warm deep in the soil. If it’s possible, you might even try burying your container in the soil to keep it even warmer. Carrots are great raw or roasted or even grated into sweet treats like carrot cake and muffins.Carrot Container Garden Ideas for Breast Cancer Healing

If you have more space for a full fall vegetable garden, see what else you can plant this season. Don’t pay too much for your vegetables because you think gardening is only for spring and summer! With these eight fall vegetables on your list, you’ll have a thriving container garden to get you through the tough (and expensive) months at your farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Article Source:  organicauthority.com

Arugula Photo  Spinach Photo   Turnip Root Photo   Kale Photo  Turnip Root Photo  Featured Photo  

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

If you’ve been looking for some space in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress, there are many ways you can go about it, from the simple to the much more complex. And no worries–this is not about religion, this is about creating a space within your garden to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and revel in a little peaceful connecting.

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in the Garden:

Garden Altars: You can easily create a very focused space outside to gain some peace. Gather items that you find inspiring or calming–a candle, some flowers in a vase, smooth river stones with meditative words etched onto them, a shallow bowl of water–and put them on a bench, a tree stump or a large boulder. Whatever it is that you find restful and meditative.Garden Alter For Breast Cancer Healing

Prayer Gardens: For those who prescribe to a more biblical perspective, try incorporating plants from the Bible into your garden spot. Lilies, cypress, hyssop, mint, roses (Rose of Sharon, actually, but feel free to take some liberties), olive trees–complete lists can be found easily online to create a more encompassing garden theme. The theme may not be immediately recognizable to visitors, but this spot is for you.Prayer Garden For Breast Cancer HealingYoga Deck: Yoga is a great exercise for flexibility and stretching, but it’s also very calming and meditative. With emphasis on movement and breathing, you can easily get into a contemplative mood. Tai Chi works much the same way. If you love these forms of exercise and contemplation, why not create a space in your garden so you can do these things outside? Construct a yoga deck low to the ground, add a possible side wall for more challenging poses and have a small water feature nearby.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing garden

Labyrinths: Labyrinths can be created in your yard on a large or smaller scale, and for a lot of money or for just a bit of cash, depending upon the materials you choose. Pave, plant or place rocks in between the pathways, and walk your worries away til you reach the center. Stay for a bit at that point, then turn around walk the same path out. The bilateral movement is known to promote a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility. Backyard Garden Labyrinth For Breast Cancer Healing

Meditation Garden: Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs. Backyard Breast Cancer Meditation Garden

Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress.

Photo Source: Garden Alter – KyleMillerYoga.com, Prayer Garden MiniGardener.wordpress.com,  Yoga Deck – CreativeLivingIdeas.com, Labyrinth – SallyHaleyMD.com, Meditation Garden – Basilbistrow.com,featured photo – GardenGeeksOnTour.com,  Article Source: jPetersonGardenDesign.com.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Create A Yoga Garden For Breast Cancer Healing

How To Create A Breast Cancer Yoga GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Most avid gardeners spend much time hunched over, pulling weeds, moving heavy wheel barrels, shoveling and digging. While this hard work is extremely rewarding, the intense physical labor takes its toll on the body, oftentimes resulting in aching shoulders and a sore back.

Try Introducing Yoga Poses That You Can Do At Home
Integrate a yoga practice into your daily life. Practice postures that counteract repetitive movements, and strengthen core muscles to help you recover from breast cancer treatments. Try poses that you can do while you garden and thus bringing more lightness and fun into this everyday chore. By developing a practice that is preventative, healing, and creative, you can learn how to take care of your body so that you can continue to do the work you love without the aches and pains. By integrating yoga into your daily life your body, and perhaps your garden, will thank you!Yoga In The Garden For Breast Cancer Healing

Try These FREE Yoga Garden Videos

Consider Building Your Own Yoga Garden
A backyard designed to be a “little piece of heaven” can make ordinary time and space into something memorable,” a serene garden should embody three elements:

  • Simplicity
  • Sanctuary
  • and delight

Where To Start
Pick a setting that isn’t too fussy and offers partial shelter, so gardens designed for serenity allow us to get in touch with nature. As we breathe in and out during asanas, we slow down and become more ‘present’. This stillness allows us to become more fully engaged with our surroundings. The uplifting feelings that yoga engenders is wonderfully enhanced in a beautiful outdoor setting.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing

Yoga Deck 

The combination of yoga practice and a healing garden is so inviting.  We encourage you to design a garden with all of nature”s nurturing and healing qualities, including:

  • Curving walks invite us to amble along a little more slowly
  • Large rocks or stone sculptures ‘ground’ us and their stabilizing presence is soothing
  • The colors blue and green induce calm and add a feeling of restfulness to any outdoor space
  • Trees can add supportive energy to the surroundings
  • Use two-thirds evergreen plants and one-third flowering plants, following the ideal proportion found in Japanese gardens
  • Add a water feature for a soothing water sound
  • Use rounded shapes in the layout design and in furniture
  • Keep simple lines and shapes

What To Plant In Your Yoga Garden
Gardens can be quiet places of renewal, no matter the size or location. Plants provide a wonderful green buffer that separates us from a crowded environment. Add plants that gives you delight.  It just depends on your tastes and where you live.  And of course, include lots of flowers in pots!

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Growing Plants For Your Cat

Cats in a Breast Cancer Healing GardenHave you tried growing your own container garden for your dog, cat or other pet?

Cats love nibbling on greens & grasses, and besides being a tasty treat, it can also be good for their digestion. With these affordable and fun projects you can make your own cat garden.

Try this elevated cat garden it will be an immediate hit with your cats.  Place a water fountain nearby and enjoy the sound of water flowing too.Cat in Breast Cancer Healing GardenIf you choose to grow your own cat grass, catnip, sage, thyme, parsley or other safe “plants,” be sure to use sterilized potting soil and untreated seeds. You should not use soil from your outdoor garden. Offer your cat a delicious and safe treat, and try your hand at growing cat grass. Cat GrassIf you grow catnip, it’s probably best to grow this in a room inaccessible to your cat. You can give your cat a generous handful of fresh or dried leaves every week or two. Catnip has a powerful (yet, safe) chemical (Nepetalactone) that most cats love. Organic catnip is the healthiest for your feline friend.Catnip garden ideas for healing

Ordinary lawn grass should be avoided, as it has razor-sharp spines that can cut your cat’s mouth and even harm her digestive tract; it also may have been sprayed with unsafe insecticides.

Cat TableMake a rustic looking coffee table for your deck. Cats like this table idea (they are grass fiends) and you can include a second planter for catnip. Add this cat table to your healing space. Tutorial Available HERE

Making a garden healing is not that it is located in a particular place, rather, it’s what happens there. What happens there is what you put into it, the meaning you create and the thoughts and emotional energy you put into it. You are the garden and you must interact with it to make it healing.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Chamomile: A Medicinal Flower For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Chamomile for breast cancer healing gardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

When you experience stress, whether it is generated by positive or negative events, your endocrine system generates a cascade of chemicals designed to help you react quickly. In response you stop digesting, your immune system becomes less vigilant, the muscles of chest and stomach contract to restrict breathing and, well… you get the idea. In time, the over production of stress-generated chemicals, such as adrenaline and cortisol, will have a damaging effect on just about every aspect of your health.

This is where chamomile comes in. By simply adding the medicinal plant chamomile to your garden you will be able to harvest your own chamomile tea and counteract the damaging effects of stress.

Chamomile is the quintessential herb for teas.  It has a pleasant, sunshine taste, it’s gentle enough for children and elders, and it has a host of benefits.

  • Chamomile tea drunk frequently can add peace to your body and your day.
  • Chamomile calms the body, particularly the nervous and digestive systems.
  • Chamomile is high in calcium and magnesium.
  • Chamomile is helpful for dealing with muscle tension, headaches, insomnia, and achiness.
  • Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties also aid in the treatment of wounds.
  • Chamomile tea can be made stronger for a more therapeutic tea.

How To Grow Chamomile From A TeabagChamomile likes a sunny place in sandy soil.  The “Roman” variety, Anthemis nobilis is a perennial while the “German” variety, Matricaria, is an annual.  Both have similar uses but the German variety is sweeter, with an apple taste.  Chamomile is hardy and can withstand some foot traffic. Learn how to grow chamomile from a teabag TUTORIAL.

Learn How To Harvest & Dry Chamomile For TeaThe flowers are the harvestable part of the camomile plant. Harvest them in the morning, after any dew or wetness has dried away, cutting away only fully opened flowers that haven’t begun to wither or turn brown. Using scissors, snip off the flower head, leaving behind all of the stem. I find it easiest to have a bowl sitting nearby, and to cut off a number of flowers one at a time, collecting them in my hand. Then dump a handful into the bowl and begin again. Lear more HERE

If, however, you’ll be air drying the flowers, wait until a stalk is filled with blossoms; trim off any dying blooms, then cut off the stalk. Hang the stalk upside down in a cool, dry, dark location (like a closet) until the flowers are completely dry. Finally, cut the flowers off the stems.

Chamomile is extremely safe for children and babies, pregnant or nursing women, and the elderly. So the next time you feel that life is moving just a bit too fast, sit down with a cup of chamomile tea and savor the simple pleasures of this gentle, calming herb in your healing garden.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.
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