Researchers led by Dr Ceri Phelps of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Wales tested a simpler, smaller approach - accessible, cheap, and not prone to whims of weather.
Seven women from an existing breast cancer support group cultivated and customised their own indoor 'garden bowls' for three months. They started with a bowl, compost and three starter plants, which they took home and tended daily.
The women reported on their feelings and findings in diary entries, collected within the research paper. The women felt that the process of tending the bowl and reflecting upon it led to feelings of positivity, control and meaning.
The study was published in the journal e-cancer medical science.


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