It’s April and planting season is here. In the Fraser Valley it is anyways.
Here’s the deal, I’ll admit I have been just as stressed as everyone with this world wide pandemic with COVID 19. I need to still keep myself in a place of balance and not get my mind stuck on what’s happening.
When life is stressful, I garden.
If I can help be of a voice on my small piece of the internet today is the day to do so.
Chatting with a friend a few weeks ago we talked about “what’s deemed essential”.
My friend and I agreed that we see Gardening as essential.
I stopped in a Tanglebank today as I needed to buy a gift for a friend. Don’t worry the kids were in the car with the windows open and they loved being goofy while mom shopped.
If I think back on it, I don’t buy a ton of plants as I grow lots of my own stuff or save seeds or split plants when I can. My gardening goals are to grow a lot of my own food. I would love to teach it to my kids.
That would include shopping the local garden centers to do it.
While at Tanglebank today another costumer showed up and they had his order all ready to go for PICKUP. Still available to serve their customers and the tired cooped up mom like me!
I have 2 other options if going to the stores isn’t an option. I know lots of stores are hustling to get into online ordering.
Ordering Plants Online
I recently heard of this new website that’s exclusive to BC and Canada. Buying Canadian helps boost our economy and I think it’s safe to say “GO BUY CANADIAN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN”.
Considering I want to add more to my plants into my home and I have a near finished patio I have my eye on a couple plants from this company.
Check out Curb Appeal Plants
I must admit I’m getting a little tired of my rescued plant that I combined from Christmas planters I was given one year. Plus I would rather have real lavender, not dollar store sprigs. I kinda killed the lavender plant I have by moving it too much. Oops.
Home and Garden Swap
Here’s another option. Over a week ago I asked on my Instagram and made a video asking “How can I help you?” So many in my life right now are being affected by loss of job and so forth. It’s very hard to sit back and watch this happening.
When looking at the world and living with a bigger picture, it would be WONDERFUL if I could help in a BIG way but at this time that isn’t possible.
With being a stay at home mom and having this blog as a creative outlet, my best way that I can serve my community and help is hosting a Home and Garden Swap.
Home and Garden swap is setting up a community drop box outside of your home.
Members of your community can drop off seeds and plants they don’t need or have extra’s off. Others can come along and pick up plants to get their garden started. I see this as a way to help my community get gardening or grow their garden.
This box can be made with anything your have in your home. I used my stencils and paints from my crafting supplies and re-purposed an old garden planter.
How to start your own community box: It’s easy to host a Facebook event and let people know the location and just update the event as new plants arrive or leave. I started lots of my gardening by swapping.
Contact me if you want to get an event started in your community. I have a graphic you can use and some helpful tips to got you started.
This post is written to my Canadian friends all over Canada.
Reading this and not Canadian? I hope this encourages your to buy local in your community/country.