My third article published in the Macoupin County~Carlinville Enquirer~Democrat Newspaper
Make a Gardening Plan While Awaiting Spring’s New Beginning
The mercury is slowly rising, the ice is thawing, the snow is melting, and the days are growing longer. A new season is around the corner, as we welcome the first day of spring — the vernal equinox, on Thursday, March 20th at 12:57pm.
Some interesting facts about the first day of spring: An equinox occurs twice a year, during two seasons: spring and autumn, when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring on the Northern Hemisphere. Derived from Latin, the word equinox means equal night. There is a time each spring, and again each autumn, when the hours of light, during the day and the darkness of night are approximately equal.
Ah, spring! Springtime brings such amazement with the many sights, sounds and smells of nature’s renewal. Budding trees, an array of green shades of foliage, tiny, tender seedlings peeking through the garden soil and the return of color are all welcome sights of spring. Soon the many sounds of active animals, chirping and tweeting birds, buzzing insects and croaking frogs will be heard. Spring offers many sweet fragrances from flower blossoms, to fresh cut grass and culinary herbs that tickle our noses with delight.
Spring is time for a new beginning and the rebirth of flora and fauna. With great anticipation, my family and I look forward to this new season as we prepare for our flower and vegetable gardens.
Gardening offers so many benefits. Whether it is the first cherry tomato plucked from the vine, with a mellow sweet flavor or the end of the season heirloom tomato, with a rich, spicy taste, gardeners feel a sense of accomplishment. Time spent in a vegetable garden, toiling in the soil, planting seeds, pulling weeds, hoeing, and raking offers the gardener, positive outcomes for physical and mental well being, and reduced stress.
Planting a family garden with children is time well spent together. There are so many lessons that can be taught to young children and teens while gardening. Gardening is a simple practice that introduces kids to a variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables and beautiful bouquets of flowers that brighten your day. Gardening gives everyone a strong connection to the earth and an appreciation for mother nature.
Just think about the nutritious food on the table, a pantry filled with garden goodies and a freezer packed with berries and veggies that the family grew. The garden harvest will equal savings for the food budget.
Time for you to define what your garden will be this spring. Perhaps it will be a large plot of vegetables, containers planted with medicinal and flavorful herbs, an organic orchard, or even flower beds filled with fragrant flowers. Grab your garden gloves, some garden tools, a hat and a basket. Time to meander down the garden path and though the garden gate. Before you know it, your time spent in the garden this spring, will reap rewards and opportunities to fill your basket with homegrown goodness and fresh cut flowers.
“Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.”
February 27, 2014