The warm weather will (hopefully) be here before we know it! Now is a great time to get a head start on your summer garden while staying indoors at home. Have kids? They’ll love helping you create the garden and take care of it until it’s time to plant outside.
1 – Choose what kind of vegetables you want to grow (make sure they are ones that you’ll have space to replant outdoors once summer arrives). You can order seeds online and have them delivered. You can also call your local garden/home improvement stores and request a curbside pickup for some items.
2 – Pot your seeds with seed-starting mix. You can also order this online or pick it up from the local store. You can plant your seeds in small containers or cups to start with.
3 – Label your plants. You can use Popsicle sticks and write what vegetables you’ve planted. Stick the Popsicle sticks in the edge of the soil. Don’t have sticks? Write the names directly on the cups you’ve planted in.
4 – Find a proper location for your seed cups. Sun isn’t necessary quite yet. Find a table that you can setup inside to store your garden. Put a tray down first to make sure your surface stays dry.
5 – Water and start watching for plant sprouts. Once you see sprouts it’s time to move your plants to a sunny location like a windowsill or a table near the window. Keep watering daily and when summer arrives you can move your plants to bigger pots outdoors or plant directly in the ground if you have garden space.
You don’t need any special equipment to stay healthy during this time of social-distancing. Here are 5 great tips for keeping your body and your mind in tip top shape while you’re at home.
1 – Stream at at-home workout you can do right in your living room. There are tons of online workouts you can do without stepping foot into a fitness studio. Beachbody on Demand, Glo Yoga and Nike Training Club are just a few programs that you can stream right on your TV or device for an awesome workout. You can also find many fitness videos and regimens on YouTube.
2 – Get outside and go for a hike or a walk. It’s easy to keep your distance in the great outdoors. Get some fresh air and depending on where you live, check out one of these beautiful hiking trails in New England.
3 – Keep your brain in tip top shape by doing a daily brain teaser or puzzle. You can find great ones online that will challenge you mentally and give your brain some exercise each morning.
4 – Start a journal to exercise your creativity and mind. Years from now we may not have apps like Facebook or Twitter that we can check to remember this time. Grab a notebook and start jotting down what you’re feeling and what is happening each day. A year from now you can look back and remember what you had been through and share with others.
5 – Set aside some time each morning or evening to give yourself ten minutes to meditate. Sit quietly and reflect on the day. When you’re done, challenge yourself by giving yourself a goal for the next day. It can be anything from organizing a closet to starting a creative project you’ve been putting off.