Six on Saturday – Fading Light & Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day. I received a notification on my phone during the week reminding me of a short piece I wrote four years ago today. Having looked through it, I feel that it’s worth copying directly. I thought and thought (while planting peas and composting compost) about how I might link WMHD to things going on sa gháirdín ar chúl an tí. The said article is at the end of this article, which may sound very confusing.

Could I impart even a very small amount of my enthusiasm for gardening in 100 words? (20 used thus far).


For easier browsing, why not take a look at what my gardening friends are showing this Saturday by visiting Propagator Jon? You’ll find details about how to participate there too. And now it’s goodbye from me, but the story continues next week. Slán go fóill.

World Mental Health day is on October 10th. Can gardening help with mental health? I say a resounding YES. Here’s my top 3 thoughts:

  • A good garden MAY have some weeds. Akin to ill-health, weeds remind me of life’s struggles. The trick is to ensure that the flowers dominate.
  • I frequently see one small job that needs doing, but after an hour of pottering about I have lost myself in harmony with the earth
  • Gardening is my therapy of choice

End of 100-word challenge.

“I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The
pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked.”
Marta McDowell (and adopted by GrowWriteRepeat).

100 Word Challenge 2016

Pádraig,

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Author: Pádraig

Writing is good for my head. When head is good so is everything, including some fast biking and slow gardening.

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