26 episodes

Join Horticulturist and expert organic gardener, Cath Manuel, for simple ideas and inspirations to improve health and wellbeing from plants, nature and fun gardening activities.

The Wellbeing Garden with Cath Manuel Cath Manuel

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Join Horticulturist and expert organic gardener, Cath Manuel, for simple ideas and inspirations to improve health and wellbeing from plants, nature and fun gardening activities.

    026 – What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

    026 – What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

    Welcome back to The Wellbeing Garden! After a few years away, I'm back in The Wellbeing Garden and have some fabulous ideas to inspire you to grow health in your garden.
    Most of my work now is in the field of Therapeutic Horticulture, and through Soil to Supper I deliver Therapeutic Gardening Programs to many people onsite in my community and online through our Online Gardening Community.
    I’m always being asked what therapeutic horticulture or garden therapy are actually all about, so in this episode I’ll give you a few ideas and ways you can enhance your health in the garden.
    In this episode I’ll share;
    A description of Therapeutic Gardening How it helps people from all walks of life Ways that you can get started in your garden How to support people of all abilities and promote good health Here’s the extra resources that you may find helpful…
    30 minutes in the garden Follow these fun activities Therapeutic Horticulture Training 7 Stunning sensory plants Keep gardening through bad weather  
    Join the FREE Grow Health Program HERE and gather inspirations for enhancing your own wellness, and the health of others you may care for, through gardening. 
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and connect with others.
    Are you lacking confidence to grow healthy food and not sure what to do or what to grow?
    or maybe you’re aiming to have good health and enjoy gardening?
    Become a member of our Soil to Supper Community, where you’ll access monthly growing guides, masterclasses, loads of resources and support to grow your food and grow your health!
    Register NOW!
    The Wellbeing Garden episodes available HERE
    Enjoy this time in your garden and the fun activities to boost your good health.
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day,
     Cath xx

    • 11 min
    How to Run a Successful Gardening Program

    How to Run a Successful Gardening Program

    Gardening as therapy has been used for centuries to cultivate health and wellbeing for people of all ages and abilities.
    For many people, especially those living within dementia support units, access to outdoor spaces can be limited.
    Such an environment, where they have limited access to the outdoors, unable to enjoy gardening activities and a general lack of nutritious fresh food, can lead to depression, anxiety, confusion, stress and other impacts on emotional and physical wellbeing.
    Many studies clearly show a connection between improvements to physical, psychological and social wellness from accessing outdoor spaces and participating in gardening activities, especially when fresh food is grown.
    Gardens within aged care homes, respite centres and community services not only provide a place for gardeners to enjoy getting their hands in the earth, but they also offer opportunities for growing fresh, nutrient-packed food onsite.
    Many people living within aged care are being served food that is lacking vital nutrients and flavour, but by having easy access to seasonally grown food meals can be improved nutritionally and also taste delicious.
    Providing regular garden activities within safe outdoor spaces not only provides positive experiences, but also the added benefits of having fresh, homegrown food included in meals.
    In this episode I share ideas for establishing gardens within aged care homes, community centres, community gardens and also school gardens and also how to coordinate and run a gardening program for everyone to enjoy.
    We cover;
    The benefits of a gardening program Planning, building and nurturing your communal gardens Suggested activities for the program Implementing a successful program Here’s the extra resources that you may find helpful…
    Growing food in small spaces 5 Easy ways to feed your garden and grow more food How to compost Ways to maintain your tools and equipment Steps to sowing seeds How to grow companion plants Simple solutions for weed control Episode 021 – enjoying a thriving garden Promote your gardening program 7 Stunning sensory plants Access a Session Plan here  
    Also download my FREE 25 Point Checklist to ensure you’re on the right path with your garden!
    CLICK HERE.
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and join our daily themes.
    Would you like to feel more confident with growing your garden and fresh food??
    Join our Soil to Supper Membership Community, where you’ll access growing guides, masterclasses, a ‘Field Guide’ and loads of resources to enjoy success!
    The Wellbeing Garden episodes available HERE
    Subscribe on iTunes
    If you enjoy these episodes please consider leaving a review!
    Enjoy establishing a wonderful gardening program! I’m sure everyone involved will love and appreciate the time with others connecting with nature.
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day,
     Cath

    • 29 min
    Simple Solutions for Weed Control

    Simple Solutions for Weed Control

    There’s a few things that give us gardeners grief and one of those are the weeds that run rampant through our garden areas!
    Weed control is an important part of nurturing a garden, as weeds that get out of hand can create long term problems in our own gardens and also in natural bush areas.
    We don’t want these unwanted plants (that’s all weeds are) growing in our gardens, pathways and around trees, so by following simple solutions to remove them and also reduce the possibility of them growing back is a priority for gardeners.
    In this episode ‘Simple Solutions for Weed Control’ I provide quick and easy to follow solutions to naturally control weeds in your gardens.
    We cover;
    Hand removal is always the best option How weeds spread everywhere No chemicals…OK!! A quick and easy method is by sheet mulching areas A few natural products that can be applied to weeds  
    Here’s the extra resources that you may find helpful…
    Maintain your Gardening Tools and Equipment Methods for Sheet Mulching Simple Solutions for Composting – Episode 022  
    Also download my FREE 25 Point Checklist to ensure you’re on the right path with your garden!
    CLICK HERE.
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and join our daily themes.
    Would you like to feel more confident with growing your garden and fresh food??
    Join our Soil to Supper Membership Community, where you’ll access growing guides, masterclasses, a ‘Field Guide’ and loads of resources to enjoy success.
    I’m sure you’ll reduce your weed problems by following these simple solutions!
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day,
     Cath

    • 10 min
    Growing Delicious Fruit

    Growing Delicious Fruit

    It’s wonderful to grow veggies in your garden, but have you considered growing your own fresh fruit?
    Sweet, delicious fruits can be grown in any climate and any sized garden and it’s a joy to head outdoors and pick fresh berries, citrus, stone fruit or the vast array of fruits that are grown.
    This is a great way to introduce children to gardening as they will love to pick and eat the fruit they have grown!
    There’s a few tips for growing fruit and I’ll share them with you through this episode.
    In this episode we’ll cover;
    Choosing plants to grow Planting techniques Growing in containers Nurturing your plants Possible problems Harvesting abundance Follow my simple methods and you and your family will be enjoying fresh fruit through most of the year!!
    Here’s the links to extra information I mention in the episode…
    Episode 018 – Planning Your Dream Garden  Grow Companion Plants How to Plant a Tree Video Episode 009 – Growing Food in Small Spaces  Feed your soil to grow more food How to Deal with Plant Diseases Tips for Pests and Homemade Remedies Growing Citrus Trees Grow Your Own Bananas Maintaining Bananas Join Spare Harvest Also download my FREE 25 Point Checklist to ensure you’re on the right path with your garden!
    CLICK HERE.
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and join our daily themes.
    Would you like to feel more confident with growing your garden and fresh food??
    Join our Soil to Supper Membership Community, where you’ll access growing guides, masterclasses, a ‘Field Guide’ and loads of resources to enjoy success! 
    Subscribe on iTunes
    Enjoy this episode??
    Please leave a rating for The Wellbeing Garden.
    Also please share the delicious fruits that you are growing in our Facebook Club and also any questions you may have.
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day,
     Cath

    • 32 min
    Simple Solutions for Composting

    Simple Solutions for Composting

    As gardeners, we find many common challenges within our gardens.
    Some are easy to fix and others need extra attention to overcome problems.
    In this ‘Simple Solutions’ Series, I provide quick and easy to follow solutions to the many common gardening problems and also share tips for avoiding hurdles to successful growing!
    In this episode I share a few common problems with composting and ways to fix these to get your ingredients decomposing and ready to use in your garden.
    Here’s the extra resources I mention that you may find helpful…
    Simple Steps to Composting Feed Your Garden to Grow More Food What’s the Difference Between Composting and Worm Farms DIY Comfrey Tea Also download my FREE 25 Point Checklist to ensure you’re on the right path with your garden!
    CLICK HERE.
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and join our daily themes.
    Would you like to feel more confident with growing your garden and fresh food??
    Join our Soil to Supper Membership Community, where you’ll access growing guides, masterclasses, a ‘Field Guide’ and loads of resources to enjoy success! 
     
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day and successful composting!!
     Cath

    • 10 min
    Enjoying a Thriving Garden

    Enjoying a Thriving Garden

    This episode is Part 4 in the Soil to Supper series and also part of the ‘Field Guide’ from the Soil to Supper Community
    If you haven’t already listened to the previous 3 episodes, you can access them here…
    Part 1 – Planning Your Dream Garden Part 2 - Creating Your Garden Spaces Part 3 - Growing Your Favourite Plants  
    As your garden grows, you want to ensure it thrives and produces fresh food, flowers and a therapeutic space to enjoy year round.
    In this episode we’ll cover the natural methods for nurturing your garden, including;
    Plant nutrients Testing the pH level of soil Building healthy humus Growing healthy fruit Companion plants Natural pest and disease management Natural weed control Garden maintenance  
    These are the simple steps to ensure your garden thrives!
    Here’s the extra resources I mention that you may find helpful…
    Check the pH level of soil Watch this video for soil improving tips Simple steps to Composting Growing Companion Plants How to deal with plant diseases Sheet mulching and No-Dig garden  
    Also download my FREE 25 Point Checklist to ensure you’re on the right path with your garden!
    CLICK HERE.
    And join the ‘Soil to Supper Facebook Club’ to ask questions, share what you grow and join our daily themes.
    Would you like to feel more confident with growing your garden and fresh food??
    Join our Soil to Supper Membership Community, where you’ll access growing guides, masterclasses, a ‘Field Guide’ and loads of resources to enjoy success!
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching your garden thrive!
    Thank You for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden, enjoy a fabulous day,
     Cath

    • 46 min

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