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Connecting with Nature for the Mind, Body, Soul

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Connecting with Nature for the Mind, Body, Soul

“Allowing ourselves to be aware of our surroundings allows us to practice mindfulness. Being mindful of the nature all around us allows us to stay grounded. We’ve put together a collection of some ways you
can connect with nature below.”

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MIND

Read, Listen, Watch all Things Plants

Whether you're a listener, reader, and/or viewer we got all kinds of botanical goodies for you to learn about here. 

 

1. Book:
Practical Botany for Gardeners: Geoff Hodge 
A great guide filled with beautiful illustrations to help you learn basic botany for beginning gardeners. 
Learn more here...

 

2. Podcast:
Smarty Plant: by Radiolab
The podcast “Radiolab” wants to know if plants are smarter than we think?
Learn more here...

 

3. Documentary:
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World: PBS, Michael Pollan
Looking at the world from a plants perspective.
Learn more here...

 

  
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BODY

Recipe: 
Garden Bouquet Flatbread

We are loving these beautiful Instagram images from @blondieandrye and her flatbread bouquets! Get creative with the veggies in your house and try topping this easy flatbread recipe we’ve found.  This could be a fun project to get the kids in the kitchen and excited to eat their greens. See flatbread recipe here...

Going gluten free?  We found a gluten and grain free recipe too. See gluten-free recipe here...

 

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SOUL

Plantspirational Ideas to Help You Live Greener

We've found 5 inspiring ideas to keep your
life green while we all stay home! 

 

  1. Plant Design:  This app or webpage gives you plant design tips based on the look you want to create. Find the plants that work for you and your climate!
  2. Virtual Garden Tours:  If you can’t get out in nature, bring nature to you, indoors. Take some video tours of different gardens around the US.
  3. Gardening with Kitchen Scraps:  Here's a list of 25 things you can re-grow from your kitchen scraps such as cilantro, basil, and tomatoes.
  4. Repurpose Veggie Scraps to Make Vegetable Stock:  Start collecting your onion ends, carrot peels, celery tips, and broccoli stems. Throw them in a pot and watch the magic happen.
  5. DIY Seedling Starters:  Reuse toilet paper rolls for little seed starters! It's a great way to gear up for the summertime. 

 

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     CONNECTION
    We know right now is a really challenging time for everyone.  We are all navigating different ways of being and our only hope is to provide some solace for your mind, body, and soul during these trying times.  We’ve all started to create new daily routines, while keeping the fridge stocked, compulsively washing our hands, and staying up to date on the latest news briefs.  It can be exhausting, but sometimes getting through the darkest days is the only way to gain clarity on what matters the most to us. We encourage you to set aside at least one moment each day for some reflection and self-care.  Whether it's picking up a book you’ve been longing to read, taking a short walk around the block, or finally committing to a meditation practice; it’s important now more than ever to take care of ourselves so we can continue to care for the ones we love. Keep doing your best! We are all in this together, and together we will come out stronger than before.

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