When the world spins into tumultuous times it can be hard to know what action to take. If those tumultuous times should fall in the spring, the answer is clear. Plant a garden!
Investing in businesses, real estate, stocks, bonds or precious metals all have their ups and downs.
Investing in a package of seeds is always great idea. Some may be motivated by fear of a fragile food system and want to ensure a store of homegrown food for their family. If that’s what gets you started, that’s okay, but don’t let fear take over.
You might think the best thing about planting a vegetable garden is the harvest, but it isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like biting into a juicy tomato still warm from the sun, but the benefits go way beyond that.
Planting a garden reduces stress, gives a sense of purpose and a place to unplug. Volumes have been written about humans who have regained both health and sanity, while working in their gardens.
~My Garden Doctor By Frances Duncan, edited and reprinted by Patricia Lanza
~Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim
~The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
These are just three books that explore the healing properties to be found while down on your knees in the soil, working with plans.
Dropping a seed in the earth, is to believe in the future. Seeing a seedling pop up through the soil, sporting a seed shell on its tiny green head, is to renew your faith in miracles.
You don’t need a homesteader size plot to make a huge dent in your grocery bill. Herbs, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, radishes, onions, peas and garlic take up a tiny amount of space and yield a tremendous return.
Root crops such as carrots, beets and potatoes give a substantial boost to your caloric needs. And they taste amazing! You will never return to store bought again.
Tomatoes can easily be grown in pots on a deck. A couple cherry types such as Tumbler and Sungold will keep producing snack size tomatoes all season long.
A single zucchini plant can produce enough zucchini for a summer’s worth of stir-fry’s as well as a few loaves of zucchini bread for the freezer.
So by all means, grow a garden to become more self sufficient. It will definitely save trips to the grocery store and instill a comforting sense of independence.
But don’t overlook the mental health benefits to be gained! If the world is going sideways and you don’t know what to do, order some seeds. Dig up your lawn and convert it to a garden. Start small. Fill some pots on your balcony. Harvest hope, health and happiness.
Gardening isn’t difficult. Plants want to grow. Don’t let the fear of a lack of experience or failure stop you. Think of a garden as your healing ground. Because it is. You got this.