In addition to technological, medical, and psychological advances in research, there has been a resurgence in natural therapies and treatments.  Treating the body and mind holistically provides a connectedness with the self, but a major component for many in healing is a connectedness with the environment and creating an environment that facilitates the healing process.  Gardening is one way of connecting the mind and body to the environment and the spirit, and including the five senses into the garden provides a bridge for these connections.

A multisensory garden incorporates sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.  Sight is the most obvious sensory experience of a garden, but there are many other senses engaged in the experience of a garden.  Enriching a garden to engage each sense removes sterility in life and creates a connection between the brain and the body.

This Instructable describes ways of incorporating the senses into the garden for a holistic experience that goes beyond landscape design.  This Instructable does not presume to show how the garden should be used for specific psychological or spiritual healing.  The gardener should tailor the garden to meet individual and personal needs and create a conscientious space filled with meaning and life experience.

This Instructable also includes a few tips and tricks to make gardening easier.  While the labor of gardening certainly adds to the experience of a garden and is frequently gratifying, gardening is not always easy.  It can be tiring, painful, and difficult, but there are places to make the work easier.  When you can catch a few breaks and work smarter, not harder, you have more time to spend enjoying what you've created.  Hopefully, there's at least one tip that you didn't know already.



Multisensory, Holistic Gardening (Steps 1-6)

Remember Wildlife in the Garden

Gardening Tips and Tricks (Steps 7-22)

Tip 1:  Overwinter in Jars
Tip 2:  Paint Garden Tools
Tip 3:  Take Cuttings for Overwintering
Tip 4:  Prevent Plant Tag Fading
Tip 5:  Stake Graptopetalum and Other Succulents
Tip 6:  Clean Tools with Sand and Oil
Tip 7:  Mulch Potted Plants
Tip 8:  Make Custom Tree Hangers
Tip 9:  Create a Landscaping Cheat Sheet
Tip 10:  Share Cuttings with Neighbors, Friends, and Family
Tip 11:  Plant after Putting down Weed Barrier and Mulching
Tip 12:  Increase Drainage if Water Is Love
Tip 13:  Create a Hose Guide with Rebar and Wine Bottles
Tip 14:  Prevent Potting Soil from Falling Out
Tip 15:  Scorch Weeds
Tip 16:  Fertilize in a Tub


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Step 1: Sight

As sight is the most obvious sensory experience of a garden, it is an appropriate beginning.  Sights within a garden range from plants to ornamentation to architectural structure, and each component should be considered for the overall visual experience.

With varied plants, there are varied sights.  Plants can be green, blue, red, white, purple, etc.  They can be small or large.  They can be deciduous or evergreen.  Consider what you will see through each season of the year when selecting plants.  Bulbs might be great for spring through fall, but a yaupon with berries won't disappoint during the winter months.  Additionally consider foliage in addition to the blooms and vice versa.  There are many colorful leaves that can be enjoyed throughout the year, and there are a great many varieties of blooms, berries, and seeds that are beautiful in each stage.  The seeds of a canna are just as intriguing as the blooms.  Select colors that are special to you.

Ranging from the fantastic to the understated, garden ornaments add focus, personality, and charm.  You can select gazing balls, beautiful boulders, pots, and even the much maligned garden gnome.  This is the easiest place to add instant personalization to a garden and provide reminders of the healing process.  You can add signs with special meanings or reminders of positive experiences.  You can keep it serene and minimalist to eliminate distractions and provide a space for meditation and personal reflection.

Architectural Structure:
You can build a retaining wall out of stone or metal.  Your pathways can be hardwood mulch or flagstone.  You can fence with split rails or glass bottles.  These largely functional structures still add to the visual impact of a garden and will last for months or centuries with proper maintenance.  Make conscientious choices when selecting materials and placement, and imagine their functionality and aesthetic for garden experiences.

<p>Great projects for spring. I collect seeds in the fall. This year I will add Mullein to my garden, burdock, chicory, and other medicinal herbs. I harvested Calendula petals and just finished a batch of lotion. Very easy to do. Looking forward to herbal crafting, making tinctures, and infusions.</p><p>Thank you Angry Redhead, feeling inspired!</p>
As soon as my small garden got some sunny look I will post a photo.<br> <a href="http://homerepairinraleigh.com" rel="nofollow">home repair Raleigh</a>
Very helpful instructable - good tips on actually *planning* a garden! This will come in quite handy if we manage to finally close on the house we are trying to purchase... almost two acres to learn the art of gardening :D Thanks for the great tips!
Hi, I've just discovered you :) I am sooooo following you... hehehe.<br><br>Actually, I'm new to the site and I'm so glad I found it.<br><br>Like you, I'm an avid gardener... and go to extremes. Unfortunately, where most of my gardening is done is in a zone 3. So cutting back is currently in the process. Snow is upon us :((((<br><br>Love your tips. And was glad to see the &quot;torching of the weeds&quot;. We just bought one a month ago. Used it a couple of times but it was scary since the weeds/grass was burning. But from your pic., I see it's OK :)<br><br>Thank you for the great tips, and especially the one about painting your tools. Lost a number of them myself. I'm so painting this weekend :)
Martha lives in Connecticut. Not zone 8: Texas or central Florida.
Except for tomatoes. Bury them deep.
In the old days, used motor oil from lawn mowers or cars or farm equipment was suggested for the sand/ tool bucket. I never did it personally, but I read it in tips sheets. A lid makes great sense.
could grow it in florida right
Mulching pots? Genius!
Hey Angry: thanks for posting all this information...as a semi-avid gardener myself, I use information like this all the time...unfortunately, have forgotten some of it over time, so thanks for the update. You have done a great service here, keep it coming.
Thanks!&nbsp; I wasn't sure how this would be received by gardeners since I've heard several complaints about gardening tutorials in the gardening blogosphere, so I'm a bit relieved to read your comment.<br>
This instructable made me really, really sad... I don't have a garden, and no prospect of ever having one, but I am an avid would-be gardener and read through the whole instructable. Did you know Thomas Jefferson followed your &quot;share the cuttings&quot; tip? Apparently he had a neighbor who was much more skilled at keeping plants alive, so Jefferson's generosity paid good dividends... Really good pictures and writing! Very well done!
Oh noes!&nbsp; I'm sorry for making you sad, but there are ways to garden without a single family home.&nbsp; There are cooperative gardens where you can get your own plot.&nbsp; There are balcony gardens.&nbsp; There are indoor gardens.&nbsp; Several people at the garden club I'm a member of live in apartments and garden inside their homes or on their balconies.&nbsp; One person I know works in a nursery and is surrounded by plants all day and then volunteers to help maintain the fern beds at the local botanical garden.&nbsp; I know it's not the same, but there are ways of getting your gardening fix.&nbsp; Would it be helpful if I did an Instructable on indoor gardening and creating a garden in the home?&nbsp; It would give me an excuse to buy a few plants I've been wanting for a while now.&nbsp; ; )<br> <br> And no, I had no idea Thomas Jefferson did that!&nbsp; What a neat bit of trivia!&nbsp; It makes me feel all patriotic and colonial.<br> <br> Thanks for the compliments and the comment!&nbsp; Much appreciated!<br>
After reading this instructable I can only encourage you to write more.... especially if it will give you the excuse you need to get more plants! I don't have a balcony (just a fire escape, and it's illegal to put anything there) but I do have an interior garden of sorts. Still, it's not the same as going outside and digging on your hands and knees, and smelling the earth after a rain shower.... Eating blackberries still warm from the sun...
Ohhhh, I see an orchid, cyclamen, citrus, pothos, and maybe an aloe and a caudiciform? Very lovely selection!
No, it's not an orchid, it's a bizarre brazilian iris which blooms about three or four times a year. This amazingly fragrant and beautiful flower lasts only 12 hours... Someone in my neighborhood had made cuttings and left them on the sidewalk for people to adopt with a note about their origin, we took one (it's turned into 4 or 5) and they seem to enjoy my windowsill. Here's a better picture
What a cool plant! Reading up on it, I can see how you were able to find it for free and have 4-5 already. Heavy producer of new plants!
Awww, thanks, N!

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