We are in that weird time of year, where Winter is done, maybe, but not really and Spring is trying desperately to make it’s appearance. Days are longer, the sun feels warmer, and green is kinda sorta popping out in different places. All of these conditions make me want to start planting like a mad woman!! I don’t know about you, but this happens to me every year around this time. No, seriously. Every year around the end of March, early April, I want to get my outdoor plants, well, planted. Basically I want all of the pretty outdoor plants and to get my hands dirty, PRONTO.
Well I have some sad news for you, you can’t. I mean, truly, you can, don’t let any one ever tell you that you can’t do something, but you shouldn’t. You see, if you plant outdoor plants too early you run the risk of having them die. You have to wait until the last frost, which depending on where you live, happens between February and June. I live in Colorado….ours happens between May 1st and June 1st.
There are a few ways to combat this, however.
Move to a warme
Okay, okay. I know this isn’t ideal, but you totally could. Just pick up your things, move somewhere that is warmer earlier or all year round. Where you are able to plant outdoor plants whenever your little heart desires and you can drink nice frozen drinks under a palm tree with Cronos and Wandering Jews all around you, growing in the wild and….yeah, it’s bad, maybe I need to move, but, alas I love my mountains way too much. Anyway, this is probably not the most economical of the options.
TWO: Go to your local nursery & stock up on some indoor plants.
This one can be a little more economical depending on how “addicted” you become to this. There is a term that you should become familiar with, “GROUNDING”. This is the practice of, literally, connecting one's bare feet with the earth. Basically, the term grounding means, getting back to nature. Whether you put your bare feet on the earth or in the garden (or even just get your hands dirty), find time to become grounded. Indoor gardens are great for this. Plants add life to the room, produce fresh air, can remove harmful substances from the air and can make you happier. This may also help depression, anxiety and insomnia. Try it out! I promise you won't be sad you did. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
AND THREE: Go to your local nursery & hug a tree.
No, really. Just go spend some time in one. Hug a tree, feel some leaves, learn about new plants, sit and play pretend. I promise, when you leave from there you will do so feeling like you were just on a vacation. It will at least ward-off the “I need to garden outside right now” feeling for at least another day or two.
Until next time.
Live. Love. And Grow Plants.