If you’ve felt a bit disoriented with time since staying at home, don’t worry because plenty of us have felt like days, weeks, even the past couple of months have all meshed together. Now that it’s finally May though, you might have started to notice the bright thing in the sky that has finally peeked out to stay for awhile, the sun! Step outside and utilize the longer days- pick up your shovel and get to your garden! We have tips and tricks for your garden and how it can benefit you!
Physical Workout- Although you are not running laps or lifting weights, gardening counts as a workout! You are using your whole body during gardening, positioning your body in ways that it may not normally contort, while also digging, pulling, etc. Having physical activity reduces the amount of cortisol produced, which is a stress hormone that if too high can cause you to over-stress.
Starting Out Your Outdoor Garden- Starting off with seeds and some potted plants? Cover up the seeds with 2” of moist potting soil in a 8-10” tall pot, water it and then leave it undisturbed in an area with direct sunlight for about 2- 2.5 weeks. Make sure the soil remains moist. Not changing the location of the pot is a key element and helps the seeds to successfully sprout. Once the saplings are about 6” tall, I transfer them to a larger pot or on the ground with little soil left stuck to the roots to grow into plants.
Indoor Gardening- Are you one of the many people that doesn’t have garden space but would like to have some plants around? Or maybe you live in the city and the only means of outdoors is through your window. Starting off with some window planters may be the best option for you.
Don’t Have a Green Thumb- Have a problem with accidentally forgetting to water your plants? Start off small, start with succulents! Succulents naturally live in dry climates where droughts are often common. Therefore, every ounce of water that succulents receive is beneficial in which they can thrive from. This doesn’t necessarily let you off watering the little plant once every two months, but if you forget a couple of weeks, your succulent won’t face it’s final days.
Whether you’re out in the sun, starting off your first garden (indoor our outdoor), or naturally born without a green thumb, gardening is doable and beneficial. Get your sun on and start today!