Spring Garden Therapy For Breast Cancer: 6 Front Porch Ideas

Front Porch Ideas For Spring Breast Cancer HealingBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Spring is the time to put your creative energy into your front porch. Outside decorating in the Spring can bring a new therapeutic element for your outdoor healing space.  We have collected a few refreshing front porch ideas that will enhance your breast cancer healing.

Add color: No really good spring decorating idea guide would leave this out. Add floral and paler tones to your porch. Make or purchase cushions and covers with floral colors. See 2015 Spring color trends.

Add a new outdoor rug: Ever consider an outdoor rug for your porch? Arrange your furniture for conversation and use an outdoor rug to pull it all together. Take care in choosing just the right color or color combination.

Replace your welcome mat: Another Spring decorating idea is to replace your doormat. Your friends and family will notice the fresh look of a snappy looking mat.Front Door Mat For Spring

Decorate your front door: Decorate your front door with a decorative front door wreath like the one in the photo below. Make it colorful, fun, or both!

Add hanging planters: If the threat of frost is gone start putting out plants, hanging planters, and box arrangements on your porch. Plant a herb garden or some pansies in planters. Nothing is more welcoming than a beautiful flowering plant.

Create a focal point: An often overlooked decorating feature on porches is a “focal point”. Find an item that can easily be a conversation piece or something that catches the eye. It could be a piece of outdoor art, colorful cushions, or floral arrangements.

Try this old wooden chair planter idea as a focal point for your entrance way.

1. Cut center out of chair seat so pot can rest on the frame.
2. Spray paint chair and pot.
3. Plant large pot filled with Pansies and premium potting soil

 3 Tips For Beautiful Plants on Front Porch:

Photo Courtesy of Cecile’s Garden https://flic.kr/p/4dJNZx

Sun vs Shade Loving Plants
Most covered porches and patios are going to be shaded or at best partial sun. Make sure you pick plants that are shade tolerant for your porch. Flowering plants that are labeled full sun will quickly lose their flowers if placed in the shade.

Pick Plants That are Large Enough
When you are planting in a large garden bed you can cluster multiple plants together to get a large impact, but unless you have 20 pots on your front porch this technique isn’t going to work for you. You want your plants to  be visible from the street, yard, or house so that you can enjoy them when you are not sitting on your porch. You have limited space on a porch, so make sure to pick plants that are large and lush looking.

Make Sure to Water & Fertilize Enough
Pots have many benefits over gardens: no weeding, less space, can be placed on concrete. However, they do have one downfall: the suck up water and nutrients out of the soil since they can’t be replaced naturally through rain or organic decomposition. This means that your pots need to be watered and fertilized frequently. Once the summer heat hits pots need to be watered everyday.  Typically fertilizing once every 1-2 weeks is fine or use a slow release fertilizer.

Front porch gardens are living healing places, an environment that can feed body, mind and soul. Designing a front porch garden with purpose can be fun and beneficial to all. All spaces can be transformed into life-giving places, breathing rooms for wildlife, spaces that nurture our health and wellbeing.

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.

Therapeutic Dish Garden For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Dish Garden In A Mug
By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
The objective of a therapeutic dish garden is sensory stimulation through sight, touch and smell. This activity is achievable for those who maybe home bound because of cancer treatment. Gardening can promote feelings of enhanced self esteem and at the same time fun to do.

Materials Needed:

  • Planter dishes
  • Saucers for above dishes
  • Various small indoor tropical plants
  • Garden tools
  • Soil

Choosing a Dish Garden Planter
Your dish garden should be planted in an open, shallow container. The size is only relevant to the extent of how many (or few) plants it will be able to support. It is helpful if there are drainage holes in the container, but not necessary if there is sufficient depth to facilitate adding a gravel layer for drainage.

Choosing Appropriate Dish Gardening Plants
Unfortunately, because dish gardens typically have limited root space, the plants will tend to outgrow their home rather quickly. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose slow growing plants to prevent having to replace them too often. Choose plants which have the same general lighting and water requirements as your other choices.

How To Plant Your Dish Garden

  1. Drain excess water from the soil through drainage holes in the bottom of the planter.
  2. When you have no drainage holes you will have to cover the bottom of the container with a minimum of a one to two inch layer of pea gravel or coarse charcoal. The gravel should then be covered with a piece of nylon stocking or window screen to keep the soil from sifting down into the gravel, rendering it useless for drainage.
  3. Use a good commercial potting soil, to which you have added coarse sand or perlite to aid in the drainage.
  4. Add a sufficient layer of this soil mix, so that when you set the new plants in place, their soil level will be about 1/2 inch below the rim of the planter.
    Without removing the plants from their pots, try different planting arrangements.
  5. Arrange the plants according to how the dish garden is most likely to be viewed.
  6. As a centerpiece, for example, you would want the tallest plant in the center, so that the display would be viewable from all angles.
  7. If the garden will only be seen from one vantage point, however, you would want the tallest plants in the rear.
  8. Don’t over-plant your garden for the sake of having it look immediately full.
  9. By adding fewer plants, you will have a healthier garden which will fill in quickly, and last much longer.
  10. Make sure that the plants are thoroughly watered before planting.
  11. Plants can be easily removed from their pots, with their entire root structure intact, and ready for planting.
  12. Because a slow growth rate is desired in most dish gardens, it is better to just leave the roots alone.
  13. Beginning with the tallest plants first. Set plants into position.
  14. Fill in around each plant with fresh planting mix,
  15. Pack the soil gently, and water it lightly.
  16. You can top the soil with a mulch of fine bark or small gravel.
  17. Twigs and stones can be used to hide any bare plant stems.
  18. Ornaments can add to the artistry and the character of you dish garden.

With a little care, your dish garden will become an ornament for your home, and a living memory.

Dish Garden Ideas:
Succulent Dish Garden
Easy Care Dish Garden
Fairy Garden In A Pot
Magical Fairy Garden

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.at the same t
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