5 Reasons Why You Should Plant A Garden Before Summer

 

As they say, "April showers bring May flowers!" Here in Southern California, we are just getting our first sprinklings of the spring rain, bright flowers and lively plants might not be on your mind for several more months. Oh, but they should be!

green-1245733.jpg

My birthday is on the Winter Solstice, and I usually celebrate quietly since there are so many holiday festivities surrounding it, and because the low light of the shortest day of the year makes me want to just curl up and be cozy with my closest loved ones. This year, I chose to give my garden a head start and spend my birthday planting with my husband, sister, and also my mother, whose green thumb I have envied since childhood. As a little girl, I would spend my days playing, pretending, and hiding in her garden, whispering secrets to the fairies and watching the birds and bugs make their homes.

It’s the perfect time to give your garden a healthy beginning. OhCaptainSarah shares 5 reasons why you should plant a garden.

Here are 5 reasons to plant a garden now for of us without a blanket of snow keeping our little sprouts asleep.

1. The winter rains will help your plants settle into their new home. When putting plants into the new soil, it is important that the soil is well filled and soft. The rains help make this process a little easier. Most plant professionals will also tell you to water more often in the first two weeks after planting and then reduce the intake. Planting your garden now will allow nature to do this for you before the dry summer months.

2. The cold weather is easier to work in. There’s a reason "The Grape of Wrath" is not a peaceful happy read. There’s a reason that camp in Holes was a punishment. No one likes tilling dirt in the hot sun. Plant your garden now in the cool refreshing winter air so you can reap the rewards and relax in the shade of the garden come summer.

3. Fewer bugs. We all know that all the creepy crawlies like to come out to play in the summer. When you’re laying the groundwork for your personal oasis, expect that you’re going to shake those guys out of their hiding spots. It’s just fact that there are less of them in the winter, so avoid the bugaboos and plant now. I know, a nature lover who hates bugs? In the words of our favorite garden fairy, “Ironic, isn’t it?”

4. It’s good for the earth. Plants reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, which helps to fight pollution and heal our planet! Even planting a small garden helps the earth fight for health in an ever-growing concrete jungle. There’s nothing like bringing life and color into a cold gray winter world.

5. It’s good for the soul. Gardening has been shown to help reduce stress and depression. If you suffer from depression seasonally or year round. Getting outside in the fresh air and connecting with the earth and your inner child on a very real level is one of the very best things you can do.

I hope this post has inspired you to plant a garden of your own, no matter how small. Even window boxes on your patio or by the window can bring a little springtime any time! You never know, you might even find yourself whispering to the fairies again.

coastal-succulents
sarahs-garden

Genesis 1:26

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth

I would love to hear from you! Yes, you! Send me your feedback, let me know what kinds of posts you would like to see more of, or just stop and say hi in the comments or on Instagram @ohcaptainsarah!


Who is Sarah?

Sarah-vosburg.jpg

Residing in a Southern California beach town, Sarah has adopted her hometown’s laid back vibes as her own. The content that Sarah contributes to Chill Murray is created with the intent of inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to fashion a world for themselves that sparks freedom, creativity, and most of all happiness. She believes that the most rebellious thing one can do in a dark world is to be happy, and aim to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and experience life for themselves through fashion, travel, and lifestyle, while promoting joy and honesty.