That hint of spring yesterday reminds me of growth and renewal. It also tells me that it's time to think about planting the garden.
Of all the outdoor activities we can engage in, gardening may have the greatest benefit for the largest number of people. We enjoy gardening for a multitude of reasons. It's fun. It's exercise. It's an opportunity to connect with nature... and an opportunity to be productive.... We can grow the best tomatoes that anyone ever tasted!
Maybe you feel that you're not feeling emotionally or physically well enough to think about gardening. Research has also shown that gardening and gardens can help to improve mental health and contribute to physical well-being. According to horticultural therapists, a therapeutic garden can help to "... improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization." Gardens can also "... reduce your levels of pain and stress ... and boost your immune system in ways that allow your own body and other treatments to help you heal" (How Hospital Gardens Help Their Patients Heal).
So get out the seed catalogs and start planning this year's garden. Don't miss the opportunity to improve your well-being... to reconnect with nature... and maybe a gardening partner.