Buddha handsAs you probably know already, I am new to gardening. Never cared for it much before. But after moving into our new house a year and a half ago, it has become an important part of our life. We have a front yard and a backyard, many trees and a lot of lawn that I simply have to eradicate.

Last year we tried a vegetable garden in the back, and that didn’t really work out. This year we applied for a CSA share and I am suspecting that in the summer we’ll have more produce that we can handle. So this time I am concentrating on the front yard, where I am planning an aromatherapy/medicinal/meditation garden. Doesn’t that sound interesting? I thought so.

I did some research on the Internet and found very good ideas on what plants to bring into my garden and how to tend to them.

We already got a garden Buddha a few weeks ago, so that’s a good start. The next step was getting seeds for all the plants that I want and starting the indoor germination, because the snow is still a few inches high outside.

My seeds just came in the mail and I am ecstatic. I have a few aromatic and culinary herbs like basil, thyme, dill, chives, tarragon, parsley and cilantro. Then I have the aromatherapy/medicinal herbs like chamomile, sage, bergamot, fennel, mint, lavender, bee balm, St. John’s wort, lemongrass. I also bought mixed wild flower seeds and a few ornamental grasses. Can you imagine the beauty, the tranquility, the smells, the sounds?

Among the elements of a meditation garden are comfortable seating, some water feature, gravel/sand, minimalism of design, a sense of enclosure and an area of focus created by a sculpture or an interesting natural formation. You can read a detailed article about creating your own meditation garden here.

While I let the seeds germinate in the window, I have to think of a water feature. I find just brilliant the idea of a rock with a natural depression in it that collects rain water – check out this video from Growing Wisdom. I also found very useful another video on their web site about plants for a meditation garden.

That’s it for now about my dream garden. The dress/jumper you see in the photo is one I have just finished and I am very proud of it. It tuned out prettier that I imagined. Knitting joy! I made it for the cutest one-year-old girl who I’m sure will look adorable in it this spring.