a Seed and a Pandemic


Cora woke up, unsure what today would bring. The only thing she was truly sure of was that she was still under a pandemic lockdown along with the rest of the world and that her usual routine had been halted, along with many other things. Think! Think! Think! Instead, she began to scroll through her social media feeds to see what everyone else in the world was up to. Scroll after scroll....Fashion tips! Recipes! Crafts! Baking! Books! Home DIY's! Tutorials on how to make your own mask!


Wow! Everyone else seemed to be keeping busy and here she was, still in bed, trying to figure out how much more TP she should stock up on, and what new television show was entertaining enough to binge. More scrolling … Cats! Dance routines! Gardening! Pause....Hmmm, gardening? It seemed to have stirred something in her. The colors and the peacefulness expressed through the pictures seemed to captivate her. And down the rabbit hole of gardening videos she went. About an hour later, Cora's dog Obi sneezed and it snapped her out of this scroll trance. She smiled, and she instantly knew what her plans were going to be for today, and hopefully for many days to come.. Today was a start.


Gardening has surprisingly become an emotional and mental safe haven for me. It roused me outdoors, it connected me to nature and it provided me with a new-found respect for both our planet as well as for our farmers. Getting my hands deep in to the soil, gently planting a seed, meticulously watering it, watching the bees do their pollinating thing, witnessing growth, and ultimately tasting the fruit of my labor, was and continues to be a moving and impressive experience. An experience that without a doubt, I can comfortably recommend to everyone out there. Even to those without a yard!


It all starts with a seed and some hope.


Here are a few pretty and practical things to help GROW your motivation and maybe get you started.



My niece gifted me this garden stool with gardening tools included. It even has a roomy storage compartment for either gardening supplies or a drink. It's comfortable and it holds my weight! Winner! (This is on my walkway in front of my iris plant)


Bo-Toys Garden Stool - $49.95





This golden beauty was gifted to me by my hubs. Watering my greenery is that more pleasant with this gracing the moment. I feel fancy!! This was a Target item, but I couldn't find the exact one, so here's a link to a similar item and at an awesome price.

(That's my lemon tree in the background).


Brass Watering Can - $26.90





A simple, beautiful pot to showcase your beautiful greens. Here I planted 2 varieties of mint; Spearmint and Candy Mint. Any size pot will do depending on your space. I found this one on sale at Home Depot. Below is one similar and it comes in many sizes.


Fox & Fern Plant Box with Stand - $90.00







Such a simple detail, but I'm in love with this tiny garden fairy! Adorable gnomes, colorful dragonflies, or meditating frogs, there are garden accessories to suit all personalities. I picked mine up at a cute local farm. The link below is to one that I have on my buy list.


Fairy Garden Flower Fairy - $17.99






Name tags are key to keeping up with herbs, veggies, plants or flowers. I got these from Etsy and I love them, but sadly, no longer available. I recommend though that if you choose to get any wood marker, you keep them for your indoor pots. They really don't hold up to the outdoor elements. For outdoor, I recommend metal labels.


Set of 9 Herb Markers - $34.99





Also at my local farm I saw these gardening gloves and had to add them to my accessories collection. Although, I'll have to admit, I enjoy digging in to the dirt with my bare hands. But if you want to save your manicure, I recommend a pair of gloves.

The item in the link are very similar to the ones I own.


Set of 3 Womens Garden Gloves- $8.59


If you choose to do any planting, please let me know how it goes. Feel free to reach out with any questions or with any advice. This was my first year and I'm still growing my knowledge. How great would it be to do this together.


Your Friend,

Elke


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