March 6-7: National Day(s) of Unplugging
Who knew there was a National Day of Unplugging?! But what a great idea!!!
Even though I love my time in the garden, I’m as guilty of spending too much time attached to my electronic devices as anyone else! A few minutes of checking my email in the morning often turns into several hours in front of the computer, followed by frequent checking of my cell phone for texts and more emails throughout the day. Before I know it, a glorious day outside in the garden has slipped away and been replaced by time on the internet. Boo!
So after this post, I’m putting away the computer for the weekend! But probably not my cell phone, my kids might need me after all (not!). What will I do with all that non-electronic time? Here’s five fun things to do on MY list, what would YOU do?
1. Go on a Wildflower Hike
We’ve had just enough winter rain and warm days to provide what’s looking like a pretty nice wildflower season. Flowers I’ve seen this week walking on the Quail Hill/Shady Canyon trails in Irvine are: California poppies, fiddlenecks, lupines, blue dicks, deerweed, and monkeyflower. For more wildflower hikes check out ‘Wildflowers Spring into Action’ from the OC Register.
2. Visit a Public Garden
There are many great gardens to choose from in southern California. Tomorrow I’m visiting the UCI Arboretum which focuses on plants from southern California and South Africa. A little farther south is one of my favorites, the San Diego Botanic Garden, which has a great children’s garden if you want a fun place to take the kids.
3. Plant an Herb Pot
This is a quick project that provides fresh herbs for months for your cooking adventures. Check out my post on creating a Strawberry Pot Herb Garden which includes a link to a how-to video.
4. Plant a Bucket Garden
This is another quick project that is especially fun to do with kids as they can decorate their own ‘bucket’ and have ownership of their very own garden. And yes, I have a post on that! Check out ‘Make a Bucket Garden’ and the related how-to video.
5. Take the Family to a Local Farmers’ Market and Make a Healthy Dinner
Since I grow a lot of veggies in my own garden, I don’t often make it to the local farmers’ market. But when I do, I am so inspired to plant more veggies and EAT more veggies! And when my husband comes too, we try all sorts of new things and have a blast figuring out how to prepare them together. It’s even worth cleaning up the giant mess he makes in the kitchen!
HAPPY DAY OF UNPLUGGING!