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Peace of mind in a troubled time

March 23, 2020 Matt Lindsay

These are “strange times” indeed. 

At the beginning of March 2020, we were all looking forward to the end of the endless February rains (wasn’t it a horrible wet winter?) At the end of March, we have beautiful fresh Spring sunshine, but are confined to our homes to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The news is serious and worrying; social media is not always helpful; loved ones are out of our reach physically. At this time, while it may sound trivial, reconnecting with nature can help restore our peace of mind. Plants truly CAN help lift our spirits and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Most keen gardeners say that when they are gardening they are “in the moment”. There is real power and peace-bringing energy in the act of tending to plants. Growing is a creative endeavour. Getting your hands into soil and compost feels somehow healthy. Even weeding can give immense satisfaction! If you don’t believe it, why not try it? We also find that people are thrilled with the look of a freshly planted PlantBox – it’s an instant vertical garden that simply looks lovely!

Reconnecting with nature

Two people plant up a PlantBox growing trough

There is a long-known, not fully-understood connection between humankind and nature. We are part of it, yet often separated from it by modern life. Seeing plants can help lift our mood – it’s a concept known as ‘biophilia’, which means ‘loving connection with nature’. It was first used by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in 1973; he described biophilia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.” That concept seems very relevant right now – the Financial Times did an interesting article on how biophilic design brings the outdoors in, featuring photos of our very own beautiful living walls!

For those in our community who face coronavirus isolation in cities, the separation from nature and outdoors is especially severe. One of the benefits of PlantBox is that it gives a lot of growing space, but doesn’t take up much floor space! Because it rests against a wall, it’s ideal for anyone having to sit out this lockdown in a flat or small house. The only difficulty is choosing which plants to grow. Get some ideas for easy houseplants to grow here.

For those of us lucky enough to have a garden, being out in it during this lockdown is a real blessing. Three happy PlantBox growers show their planted troughs

While the sun shines, get your gardening gloves on, and get up close to the plants and trees (social distancing rules don’t apply to them!) Perhaps 2020 won’t only be the time of Covid-19, but also a time when more people reconnect with nature.

 

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