The Green Blog
Sewing Seeds For Spring
”The Earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

   Planting flowers is a relatively easy activity, which can be enjoyed by novice gardeners and experts alike. According to the Home Depot, the ideal time to plant flowers is on an overcast day with imminent rain and during moderate temperatures. Spring is a popular flower-planting season; however, many perennials will also flourish if planted in early fall. The benefits of planting flowers include increased landscaping appeal and interest, enhanced emotional well-being, exercise for the gardener and environmental benefits.

   Flowers add color and visual interest to any landscape. A splash of color among shrubbery or trees automatically increases the appeal of outdoor spaces. Additionally, throughout the blooming season, planted flowers provide gardeners with flowers suitable for cutting and bringing indoors or giving as a gift to a special someone, thus saving money that would otherwise be spent at a florist.

   Plants such as trees or flowers have a positive impact on people, increasing a person's overall feeling of well-being. There is a sense of increased friendliness and happiness while viewing urban scenery that included trees. If plants impact human emotion and enhance positive feelings, we should tend to nature and help it grow. 

   A physical bonus to flowers is the activity of digging and planting, which burns calories and uses muscles while reaching and bending stretches the body to increase elasticity in those muscles. The exercise also burns calories at a rate ranging from 57 to 135 calories for every 15 minutes spent performing the activity.

   Planting flowers has numerous environmental benefits. According to Project Green, plants help to remove pollutants from the air. During the process of photosynthesis, the flower's leaves absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Additionally, planting flowers can help to hold soil in its proper place, reducing erosion and flooding.

    Each day you should give thanks to your surroundings, nature is a living breathing thriving thing.  It gives us so much, and we should be giving right back.  So this spring, get in the dirt and sew a few seeds.  Life is a garden, dig in it!