Spring is a FABULOUS transitional season.
Everyone has a green thumb but you may not know it! Newsflash Mary, whether you own or rent you can make a garden GROW. Beds, containers, whatever works for your space, I assure you, you can do it. Gardening works on so many different levels. It can help our souls, renew our connections and ground us (literally). Gardening provides us with a sense of purpose and with something we all need if you choose to grow it, food! There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment when you see something you have tilled, sowed, and nurtured grow into something beautiful you can say, “I did that!” and how beautiful it is! Here are some great spring gardening tips for the Martha Stewart in us all:
Get outside and level UP: Get your body moving by the actual action of gardening. Trust me it’s hard work; squats, moving bags of mulch, wheel barrowing, weeding, planting. Workout COMPLETE. Additionally, you will be outside, which equals tons of Vitamin D (level-up)!!! Remember the sunscreen!!!! And that shower after, girlllllllllll! You are going to feel great!
We are family: Gardening is a fantastic family activity, for everyone! Who doesn’t like to get dirty?! From trips to the farmers market or gardening store, to planting days, you can make this into an activity for everyone in your circle and then some! Invite friends and more family, make it a garden party and before you know it, your backyard to-do list is done. Planting, gardening and growing engages us in our incredible environment that encourages us to slow down, observe, discover, learn and GROW! Spread the love, throw a garden party, you know you wanna!!! Check out this great resource:
Keep it simple: Ok, so we all have aspirations to have sweeping gardens like the backdrop of the Great Gatsby or A Midsummer Nights Dream (Happy Birthday Will’s!!!), let’s keep it simple!! You can plant some really easy hardy herbs like basil and rosemary. Or you can start with some easy annuals like impatiens or petunias. Start small and don’t overthink things. Work with what you have; if you have a small patch that can work as small garden, use that! Or, work with containers!! See below.
Containers work! I love a good container garden. You can pretty much grow anything in containers, and they are super fun to create! They work in just about any space, small or large homes, condos, apartments, decks, porches, steps, etc. You can plant flowers, veggies and herbs in them. Make sure your containers have proper drainage and you will be good to go! Check out Job Lot, one of my personal favorites to stockpile containers.
Water, water: Invest in some watering cans or a proper hose to make sure your garden, containers, window boxes, etc are getting their daily dose of water; particularly as it starts to get dry! Choose a potting soil that retains moisture well, just check the labels and it should tell you “best for container gardens, beds or gardens”.
Tips and Tricks: Hit up Pinterest and other social media sites for some amazing ideas!!! For example this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/530298924843302274/ or this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/346495765052996301/
Get in your car, bike, fuel-efficient vehicle and drive: Hit up local farms and farmers markets. We live in an amazing area for local farming. Here are some great resources in our area!!!! Support our local farmers!
Connecticut Farm Bureau https://www.cfba.org
Connecticut Farmers’ Markets http://ctnofa.org/FarmersMarkets.htm
Auer Farm: http://www.auerfarm.org
Easy Pickin’s Orchard: http://www.easypickinsorchard.com
Folly Farm: http://www.follyfarm.us
Rose’s Berry Farm: http://www.rosesberryfarm.com/Pages/default.aspx
Wade’s Farm Fresh: http://www.wadesfarmonline.com
Westmoore Park: http://westmoorpark.org
Additionally, there are many farms locally that offer CSA or community supported agriculture programs where you can purchase either a half or full share of farm fresh in season fruits/veggies on a weekly basis. Check out this website – Connecticut Farmers Market’s http://ctnofa.org/CSAs.htm for a list of participating farms. Comment below!! If you have more to share please do!!!
If you consider yourself a pro-gardener or a novice, tis the season! Get out and GROW! It is the most wonderful time of the year to get out and celebrate our roots (literally), slow down, and get dirty!!! HAPPY SPRING – now stop reading and get growing!!
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