Gardening is a meditative act
Simple acts like raking leaves and clipping back spent plants help us to gain control and bring order to one corner of our lives. Hard physical labour like digging or hoeing is a positive way to express anger and relieve tension.
Whether you are planting seedlings, picking beans, or pulling weeds, gardening requires mindfulness of the task at hand, carrying us into a meditative state of complete absorption and sweeping all thoughts of coronavirus to the side.
Refresh and hit the reset button as you let useless worries go while reconnecting with nature.
Plant a seed, plant life
Most of us will never raise enough to be self-sufficient but even if you just grow one tomato plant, the simple act of gardening will give you a great sense of accomplishment, especially when you finally get to harvest the fruits—and vegetables—of your labour. Fresh air, exercise, and homegrown produce - what could be better?
If you are healthy, stuck at home, and have a piece of ground or some containers to plant in—get growing! There are lots of plants that can be directly seeded in the ground, no transplants needed.
For vegetables try peas, beans, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, beets, chard, carrots, and radishes.
For flowers, zinnias, marigolds, calendula, nasturtiums and sunflowers are fast growers and will quickly reward you with their bright blossoms.
Keep Calm and Garden On!
Robin Sweetser and her partner Tom have a small greenhouse business and also sell plants, cut flowers, and vegetables at their local Farmer’s Market [in the USA].