Finding a new hobby as an adult can be difficult. We are often busy with just maintaining the basics, it can be hard to actually start and really get into a new hobby. There are so many things I would like to do: travel, cook more, workout more, make candles, make incense, but I tend to do a little bit and then stop. Gardening, for me, has seemed to stick.
Patio gardens were all over my pinterest. I knew that I had wanted access to fresh food, and this would be the best way to do it. I started reading gardening blogs, and then found some resources to get started. One of the first things to do when you are trying to find a hobby is to build on your interests. Fresh food was definitely an interest of mine, plus at that time, I had a ton of time to devote to gardening.
I started with herbs. These were things I used practically every day, and I had grown some before. I felt that starting easy would help me not get discouraged if something died.
I also picked up plants like aloe. You really have to try to kill this plant. The thing is, it has almost died before. The leaves were all brown. I added some juice trimmings, and mulch and really watered it more, and it’s gotten so much better!
I have had my set backs. I started with seedsheets, and I failed. Pictured below is some arugula. I tried to grow from seed, and then I put it in a container to actually see if I can grow it. The jury is still out but it’s much bigger than when I had it in the raised bed.
Finding a hobby is also about finding something that excites you and that you know you are interested in. I am excited to get home to check on my plants. I am constantly looking for things to do to make them grow. I am always looking for new gadgets. I love getting my hands dirty.
I am still working on getting some greens I can take to harvest. My kale and swiss chard had to be moved, and I surely hope those roots stick, but I have to say I love gardening.
Finding a hobby can be really rewarding. To recap:
Finding A Hobby-
- Build on your interests
- Think about your values
- Examine your skill sets
- Find and pay attention to things that get you excitement.
What hobbies to take up as an adult?