It’s still the perfect time to plant seeds! We are not quite to our May 1st frost-free date in Somerville, so hold off on heat-loving tomatoes, basil, eggplants, and peppers. Cilantro, spinach, lettuce, peas and dill are great choices to sow directly (put seeds right in the ground outside) at this time of year. Remember that peas will need trellises to wrap their tendrils around. Baby greens, if cut off above their “crowns” (the part where the leaves grow out of the stem), can re-grow a crop up to three times!
Watching my seeds sprout and grow in the spring is good for my mental health. I watch my little lettuces and peas like a mother watches a child. No matter how busy I am, I take a moment every day to visit the porch, take in a deep breath of fresh air, touch the soil to test for dampness, and observe the minute changes that gradually accumulate. Plants – given sun, soil, water, warmth and air – have a remarkable ability to grow. Conversely, we adults caught up our culture of stress, work, and extreme busyness have our ups and downs. We have days we feel tall and strong, but we also have days when we want to curl up into a ball and go into hibernation. I’ve found it especially important to take time to take a walk or visit a park during my time living in the city. Want to read more about nature’s effect on mental health? Check out this article!