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Sow to stay sane

Here’s an idea for a good, ongoing study break from early spring through the summer: plant a garden! It will definitely take some work, but it will let you get dirty, sweaty, and hopefully full (assuming your seeds grow into something edible). From the little reading I’ve done so far, the closer your garden is to where you live, the easier it will be and the more likely you will tend to it. There are some community garden plants in SoRo (I’ve never actually used one, so I can’t comment on what they are like), but if you don’t have garden space where you live, they would seem like an excellent option. Still not too far away, and then you could get in a little walk on your way too and from the garden plot!

I know it’s not true for everyone, but for me, digging around in the dirt is extremely soothing… I might even say grounding. There aren’t a lot of activities that consume all of my attention, but gardening — thinking about where and how to plant, getting the weeds out, the spacing and depth between seeds and rows right, and everything else that you end up doing when you garden, really entertains my thought completely, so that I can stop thinking about anything else. It’s certainly a good way to clear your mind and feel refreshed.

Of course, you should also keep your expectations for your garden reasonable, so that you’re not dissapointed. We planted several things earlier in the spring, and several of them didn’t even germinate. Sadly, the radishes did amazing, while we never saw any sign of the beets, carrots and spinach we planted. Why did we even plant radishes, we asked ourselves. At least we can make something grow! Our plan is to harvest all the radishes today, try to make radish pickles out of them (I have no idea what those will taste like!), and then replant that area with something we’re a little more excited about eating. Like chard. Or basil. Or chives. Yumm!

At any rate, gardening is great. It’s a way to get outside. You actually get excited when it rains (because you don’t have to water!), and, even if you don’t get to harvest anything (which seems highly unlikely) it’s really fun to see what all the seeds look like when you plant them. My favorite looking seeds are cilantro, bush bean, and chard. You should check ’em out!

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