Day Three Think Spring is a therapy session in itself. Grab your seed packets, potting soil, garden tools and pots so we can start planting! Lets get some vegetables, herbs and/or flowers growing. There is nothing like new life to shout spring is here!
I love to garden. My husband does organic vegetable container gardening and I take care of the flowers and herbs. By this time he normally has the lettuce planted, at least. I usually buy my plants for the flower pots and herb garden, but this year I am going to start with seeds. Well, wait a minute. I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) so to keep it simple and plant one package of nasturtiums.
My trip to the store to purchase my seeds ended up being very involved. I initially went to do a sweep of the department collecting every possible package of seeds I would want. Then I tried to visualize where I would ultimately plant all the seedlings. That caused me to think about the colors and height of the different flowers. Then I started visually shuffling what goes where to make sure there was maximum POP when colors and textures were placed together.
Finally, I read about when I should sow the different seeds. At this point I had a reality check. Some of the seeds were perennials needing to be sowed at the end of the summer. That clearly wouldn’t work for my Day Three Think Spring project. So checking when to sow the rest of the seeds made me come to the conclusion this exercise is getting way too complicated! I chose the beautiful nasturtium seeds as my only package to buy. The voice of reason kicked in reminding myself of my RA and simplicity is the name of the game here.
The nasturtium seeds are a perfect pick because I love to garnish special salads with the blooms. They are edible and packed with antioxidants. How great is that! Not to mention they are fun and oh-so-pretty.
Seeds, pots, tools, water can, potting soil and fertilizer are ready to go and I’m looking forward to getting my hands good and dirty. There is something very therapeutic about putting my hands into the warm soil, placing the seeds, and then giving the finished pot some water. Into the sunshine they will go. I have a spot in my kitchen waiting for planted pots to go. Watching them for the first sign of green popping out of the soil is fun. I will nurture them until it is time to put them in a larger pot so they can grow and explode into brilliant yellow, orange and pinkish red blossoms!
But for today, Day Three Think Spring, I will enjoy planting my seeds to remind me that spring is coming soon. How soon, nobody knows, but soon. This lifts my spirits, which is the whole idea of this series. I’m very aware of how my mood correlates with how well my joints feel. It can be the difference between my fingers moving around easily, without being sore or the opposite. My mood isn’t always the only factor involved, but sometimes it is. I want to do what I can to have the best feeling joints I can. And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!
I wish you a fabulous day. Plant away! Think Spring!