Spring, in all of its blooming glory cannot get here fast enough. I am eager to plant. I am eager for warm sunshine on my face and birds chirping all around me. Lest you forget, now is the time to plan and start seeds for the rapidly approaching springtime.
I honestly never would have imagined this time last year I would be a year-round gardener. I had barely any knowledge of gardening and what I did know was bleak. If I happened to stop by our local hardware store and see plant starts, I would buy them. That is assuming it was the correct time to plant them. I didn’t dabble in herbs or brassicas–actually, I didn’t even know what a brassica was.
Now, 12 months later I have a greenhouse full of goods that are either being prepared for planting in a couple of weeks or are serving their purpose is the allotted containers.
Either way, I am keeping busy.
I live in zone 7b which means now is the time where I am starting a whole list of things including:
- English peas
- mustard greens
Some things, such as greens, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, celery, and broccoli I am starting in cell trays in my greenhouse to grow rather strong seedlings and transplanting in the next few weeks.
Others, like carrots and radishes I am direct sowing in the raised beds as soon as we rise above 9 degrees farenheight this week.
As you can see here:
We are well on our way to a bountiful spring but I want to remind you that taking the time to plant seeds can extend beyond physical means. Mentally, I’m planting seeds of positive thinking and practices to carry me through the rest of the year.
In taking full advantage of the opportunity of “new” and the beauty of a spring bloom, I too want to experience self-growth. Plant seeds of inspiration in your daily life, not just in your greenhouse and window sills. Find expressions of gratitude and thankfulness even though the worst of winter is here. Take peace in that the gloomy days are fleeting and prepare for the seasons ahead.
As I work to become a true steward of the earth, taking care of what I can and (hopefully) making a positive impact on our environment, I am fully aware that I too need to be taken care of. Physically, mentally, and emotionally so that I can offer the most to those that need me; garden included.
What say you?