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I know I'm not alone, but the Covid era has done something to me mentally. It doesn't help that we are in our rain and gloom season, which has kicked my SAD into overdrive. I've just felt lethargic, hopeless and sad for months and like I will never climb out of the hole.

Yesterday for the first time in ages, the sun was out, so I went out to finish up some plantings for the backyard habitat program I'm enrolled in. I walked around to check on some of the other things I planted in the fall and realized they're starting to bud out and bloom. The crab apple I made a special trip for had tiny leaves on it. The native rose that I thought had died had fresh leaves and growth. The native strawberry had blooms. The fir I planted is a couple inches taller. Seeing all of that did something to me, and it made me feel a certain kind of pride that I haven't felt in ages. And it felt good to feel good. Weird, but good. It just feels like things will maybe be ok.

After my walk around, I went to work planting my new plants, including 3 native trees. I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but there is something about planting trees that is so comforting. Just knowing they will be there long after I'm gone, providing food and shelter for all the little birds I love watching every day, it just hits me in the feels probably more than it should. I love them already and can't wait to watch them grow.

Is anyone else feeling a spring gardening boost?

I know I'm not alone, but the Covid era has done something to me mentally. It doesn't help that we are in our rain and gloom season, which has kicked my SAD into overdrive. I've just felt lethargic, hopeless and sad for months and like I will never climb out of the hole. Yesterday for the first time in ages, the sun was out, so I went out to finish up some plantings for the backyard habitat program I'm enrolled in. I walked around to check on some of the other things I planted in the fall and realized they're starting to bud out and bloom. The crab apple I made a special trip for had tiny leaves on it. The native rose that I thought had died had fresh leaves and growth. The native strawberry had blooms. The fir I planted is a couple inches taller. Seeing all of that did something to me, and it made me feel a certain kind of pride that I haven't felt in ages. And it felt good to feel good. Weird, but good. It just feels like things will maybe be ok. After my walk around, I went to work planting my new plants, including 3 native trees. I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but there is something about planting trees that is so comforting. Just knowing they will be there long after I'm gone, providing food and shelter for all the little birds I love watching every day, it just hits me in the feels probably more than it should. I love them already and can't wait to watch them grow. Is anyone else feeling a spring gardening boost?

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[–] prumblepuss 12 points (+12|-0)

Absolutely, the garden coming back to life, taking walks and watching greenery poke up from the forest floor, it has really hit differently this year. Finding the strawberry plants that the birds and squirrels planted for me last year while eating all of the berries, placing them in the berry patch. It's harder to be mad at them for the berry stealing when they help me fill out the garden.

I also started up a grow tent in my basement (since it's too cold to plant outside yet where I live), and it's such a rewarding experience to watch those lil sprouts come up. Highly recommend!

[–] [Deleted] 1 points (+1|-0)

Oh my gosh I love hearing about the squirrels planting for you!

I have ants in my yard and have just learned how important they are for seed dispersal and cleanup. They also will take seeds and leave them uneaten, allowing my wildflowers to (hopefully) keep growing past their current border, meanwhile they prey on common pests and till the soil at the same rate as earthworms. They've been eating the sap from my unopened bachelor's buttons and I think they will be just as happy as I am when they finally bloom. There are so many helpers in our gardens!