Rais­ing the game

Gardeners' World - - We Love October - Claire Hawkins, by email

I was de­lighted by Septem­ber is­sue’s Your feel­good gar­den, and Gar­den­ing for all abil­i­ties. I have ME so I have adapted my gar­den to suit my needs. Mark Lane is so right when he ad­vises pac­ing your­self; it’s easy to overdo things. And his tips are es­sen­tial for mak­ing things eas­ier, too. I was find­ing my bor­ders dif­fi­cult so I made changes – us­ing a raised bed to grow sum­mer flow­ers from seeds and cut­tings. In only a few months, I trans­formed a bed of bare soil to one that was packed to the brim with colour­ful blooms. I now have a feel­good gar­den –a place that helps me even on my bad days. The soft leaves, scented rose, sweet peas and the bright colours cre­ate a vi­brant mood that boosts my en­ergy. It’s the nat­u­ral medicine I need to help me feel bet­ter.

Claire finds that her raised bed lifts the spir­its

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