Published on April 19th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
Spring is Sprung, the Grass is Ris…
“Spring is sprung,
The grass is ris,
I wonder where the birdies is.”
It’s Easter and the Big Gardening Weekend of the year in the UK!
Garden Centres will be packed this weekend
(…and GP surgeries will be full next week! Best not to overdo it on the first sunny weekend – especially if you have had a sedentary winter. Almost all the movement when bending is forwards and you need to remember to bend your back in the opposite direction to avoid straining it. And not to get carried away doing a full day of digging on the first sunny day of spring and then wonder why you can’t move the following morning!)
Gardening is great!
This is one form of exercise with multiple benefits:
- Productive exercise – supplying you with organic fruit and vegetables….along with flowers!
- Exercise for the mind – there’s always more to learn.
- Relaxation for the soul – being outside in nature is like a natural meditation.
If you have plenty of space you can plant fruit trees and grow staples like potatoes.
It’s great if you have stuff that comes up every year without you having to do anything! Like rhubarb! And Jerusalem artichokes! And lots of herbs like mint and rosemary! And in my garden – dandelions and nettles and ground elder! All very edible.
Lots of flowers need minimal attention too – from snowdrops in the spring, drifts of daffodils, magnificent magnolias and clambering clematis, columbine and rambling roses, peonies and sweet peas – they just reappear each season like old friends!
If you haven’t got a garden, you may be able to rent an allotment. Or perhaps come to an arrangement with a neighbour with a garden that they can’t manage on their own – swap the use of space for produce!
Garden projects in towns and cities are now planting herbs and fruits for residents to harvest.
And even in the smallest of spaces, you can garden vertically and in pots and still produce your own organic food. Growing salad leaves and herbs is one of the most productive ways of making the most of a tiny garden or patio
No outside space at all? Grow sprouted seeds on your windowsill for organic sprouts packed with nutrition!
There’s always a way!