Maybe it was the belly ache that followed eating something that didn’t quite agree with me. Maybe it was the frustration of being home with two parents who had a lot to do today besides play with her (my 6 year old). Maybe it was that it was so beautiful outside and all of us were inside.
What is certain is that deciding to go out to the garden (ours is a very mini plot maybe 1×4 feet) to plant some basil – was the fastest way to clear the slate and begin again. There is something intrinsically therapeutic about getting your hands full of rich dirt, digging holes and putting roots down. What a difference a growing plant makes to brown dirt and a busy mind.
I did not see how lettuce grew until I was 18 years old. It was a shock to me when I realized how disconnected I was from our food supply. As a parent, I feel it is my responsibility to share and experience the balance of life that exists in gardens. Our health and the health of our environment depend on it.
It’s spring! It’s digging time! If you are ready to start digging but don’t know where to look, check out this Brooklyn Community Gardens list to find green space near you. This site has info on garden spaces in all five boroughs. If you don’t want the full responsibility of a garden but want to learn, this site offers many volunteer opportunities.
Even if it is a few seeds in a small pot on your windowsill, growing things, and taking care of the things we grow is grounding, mind clearing and just feels good.