I was honored that Feng Shui practitioner, Maria McCullough, asked to re-print my April gardening guide as a Feng Shui method to get through these challenging times. See her gorgeous floral arrangements and her blog here:
Are you wondering what to do during these constricted shelter in place times? Look at this as an opportunity to slow down, take care of yourself, enjoy the family you live with, and adopt many Feng Shui practices of clearing, enhancing and beautifying.
I read a beautiful article by Cynthia Brian, author of best-selling books, including, Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, and Be the Star You Are! Millenials to Boomers" Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com www.GoddessGardener.com.
Her list of ideas for enhancing yourself, your garden and your home is inspiring:
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for April
SOW seeds that will attract birds to your garden. Suggestions include coneflower, anise hyssop, bachelor's button, Mexican sunflower, cosmos and black-eyed Susan.
SHOOT photos of the abundant flowering trees including tulip magnolia, crabapple, peach, plum, prune, cherry, pear and apple.
CLEAN debris from berms and drainage ditches to prevent flooding. The soil and leaves can be added to your compost pile.
PULL weeds while the ground is soft.
PLAN your vegetable garden for the foods you love the most.
PLANT seeds of greens, beets, carrots and turnips now.
CUT a branch or two from your favorite flowering trees or shrubs. Redbuds, crabapple, plum, peach are glorious in vases.
INTRODUCE plants that will make you smile. I planted sunflowers, sweet peas, nasturtiums and purple hyacinth bean.
TAKE a garden class online or watch YouTube videos with gardening tips.
MAKE teas and cocktails from herbs you grow including mint, rosemary, sage and fennel.
BOOST your immune system with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and fatty fish.Adopt a Mediterranean style of eating.
WALK around your garden to admire the spring growth.
BUILD a planter box.
ORDER gardening books to read. Be inspired and motivated by "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul,""Growing With the Goddess Gardener," and "Be the Star You Are!
Millenials to Boomers"available at www.cynthiabrian.com/online.store
INHALE the perfume of fragrant plants. Roses are blooming and fruit blossoms are delightful.
LOWER your stress by strolling alone in the outdoors among trees and on trails.
MEDITATE in your garden, or on your balcony, patio or porch.
LISTEN to the birds, frogs and insects as they begin their spring songs.
NOURISH your spirit by sitting by a fountain or pond.
EAT plenty of fresh citruses, especially homegrown, to increase your vitamin C intake. Oranges, tangelos, tangerines, grapefruit and lemons are ripe and ready for picking
EXERCISE includes all gardening chores: raking sweeping, weeding, lifting, pruning, planting, digging, fertilizing, and chopping wood. Workout outside.
TAKE a nap and on a warm day, get your z's outside in the fresh air.
SHARE your garden skills with your children. Let them plant seeds of vegetables and herbs they want to eat.
FERTILIZE lawns. Lawn food is available at your local hardware store.
GROW your own bouquets. Create a stunning floral art with a variety of roses, stock, tulips, iris, calla lilies and mock orange
BEE friendly by planting three or four types of native wildflowers to attract the honey gatherers as well as pest-resistant varieties of flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables, thus eliminating pesticides. I've sown California poppies, lupines, bee balm, and morning glories.
WATCH the blossoms in the breeze float to the ground like snowflakes.
PREPARE your garden patches to sow seeds of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant by rotating these crops. For best production, do not plant these in the same place every year.
ENJOY a peaceful Passover and Easter without an in-person gathering.
STAY informed about Covid-19 depending only on reliable information. Visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov;
According to Garden Guru: http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1403/Spring-blooms-offer-respite-during-difficult-time.html