by Joanna Reuter
Spring is unfolding much as usual with the arrival of migrants, the blooming of wildflowers, and the chorus of frogs and toads. Yet the joys of spring are tempered this year by concerns about the coronavirus and what harm it will inflict on the human communities we cherish. The strong desire to want to be helpful runs up against the need to for individuals to physically isolate to “flatten the curve.”
We feel deep appreciation for those whose roles are essential and who are taking on more than their fair share of burden and risk to keep society running. For many of us, our most important contribution to society at present is to avoid risking becoming a burden on the medical system. As such, maintenance of physical and mental health should be high on our priority lists. I can’t imagine achieving either of those without interacting with and observing nature.
Here’s an unorganized list of guidance, ideas, inspiration, quotes, and miscellaneous random musings, mostly with links, and mostly relating to ways to interact with and learn about nature while the pandemic unfolds:
Garden with native plants. The spring plant sales that were announced in the March issue of The Chat have been canceled. Sourcing plants direct from the nursery may still be an option, and this is a good way to support local businesses. Check their websites and/or make contact before showing up to find out the procedures for staying socially distanced while buying your plants. Here’s a listing of some nurseries that offer native plants:
control invasives at the same time? Then find a patch of garlic mustard for a nice mess of cooked greens. Greens are great for the gut microbes, and happy gut microbes are essential for health and well being. Obviously, you should only eat wild edibles that you can identify with certainty. And if harvesting beyond your yard, make sure regulations allow it, and consider other factors that might compromise their safety (residue of pesticides or dog doo, for example).
Stay safe, stay sane, and stay in touch. We wish everyone well in these unusual times.