It is nearing the end of winter and I keep asking myself, “Will spring ever get here?” One day it is 70 degrees, the next day we have snow on the ground. The nice days tease us and have us thinking that spring is here. And then we are jolted back to reality as we put on a warm sweater to deal with the nasty weather.
If you are a gardener, what can you do to keep from falling into a funk when winter seems to drag on forever? You can start looking through the seed catalogs and order seeds that thrive in cooler weather. Have you thought about exploring heirloom seeds, but haven’t made the time to do so? I found Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company last year. But I have to admit, I didn’t fully check them out or order any seeds.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my local library is offering an Heirloom Seed class. Attending this class should help me keep a positive attitude as I await spring. I can’t wait to see the first daffodil and buds on the lilac bushes.
You could also check out websites to learn how to build a cold frame – Mother Earth News has a set of cold frame DIY plans available. I started using cold frames a few years back. What a joy to have lettuce, beets and spinach growing in the frame when all the other plants in the yard are still getting hit with frost.
Preparing your garden bed soil for the new planting season can give you a warm glow. Take off the gloves though, research has been done that shows contact with the soil triggers the release of seratonin, which elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Check out the blog post It’s in the dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter.
I realize that not everyone is into gardening; I have a hard time understanding that. Gardening is so therapeutic, even if you just try container gardening. Plant a pot of of your favorite herbs by your back door and you will always have fresh herbs available to spice up your meals.