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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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[–] sensusquaeram 8 points (+8|-0) Edited

You had me at backyard habitat program!

I've been clearing out the more aggressive invasive species and re-planting native plants, shrubs, and trees for years, along with well-behaved bulbs and flowers, and it is incredibly therapeutic. Our elderberries are beginning to leaf out now -- I completely get what you're feeling. ☺️🌿

(clarity edit)

It's been very rewarding and I highly recommend for everyone to look up to see if there are similar such programs in your area! Even if you just Google what's native to you and have a small pot of something, it's very rewarding.