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WRITTEN BY: Sarah Velasquez
If your family is vegan or vegetarian, or just trying to get a little more nutrient-dense foods in your diet, compassion lies at the heart of your everyday lives. It’s important to find ways to celebrate your love for each other and for the environment, especially when it comes to Mother’s Day! Getting in the garden is a great way to pay tribute to mothers and Mother Earth. Presented by Dirt Locker®, here are six wholesome, humane ways you can celebrate the moms in your family while creating some beauty in your own backyard.
Tidy Up and Tend to The Garden
Most mothers simply want to spend time with their families on Mother’s Day. You can make the most of your time with mom by helping her care for the plants she has so carefully grown. Go through and trim dead leaves and stems. Tidy up the ground and make any repairs that are needed to trim and fencing. These kinds of repairs raise your home’s curb appeal and value. While you’re outside, think about treating the family to a lovely, healthy lunch and throw in some relaxing tea as well.
While you’re tidying up, you want to make sure that you mind any potential safety concerns for children. Like inside, you want to make sure that any sharp implements or harmful chemicals are put away. Maybe even a good opportunity to replace any of these harmful chemicals with natural, environmentally friendly alternatives.
Create Some Divine Decor
You can add charm to the garden, and give a gift for Mother’s Day, by taking the time to put together some beautiful garden decorations. Up-cycle some items around the house such as glass bottles, old furniture, or even trash cans, to make something truly unique for your family’s outdoor space. If you choose to go out and buy supplies, make sure they are sustainable and cruelty-free. These homemade gifts are sure to be treasured for years to come and bring joy to the entire family.
Add An Edible Garden
Growing your own food can provide you with a strong sense of accomplishment and connection to the earth. Why not spend this Mother’s Day making space for an attractive, practical edible garden? Use containers or raised beds to help control chaos and avoid having your new garden become an eyesore to neighbors. You could even plant your vegetables using the Dirt Locker® system, made in the USA from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, on otherwise “unusable” hillsides. Then you’ll have a retaining wall area that will resist erosion as well as produce tasty veggies.
Be sure to take care when planting your garden and take cruelty-free measures to repel critters who may find your new plants tasty. This will help you avoid losing crops and fines from your HOA.
Get Creative With Colorful Flowers
According to the Society of American Florists, nearly a third of Americans bought flowers or plants as Mother’s Day gifts in 2019. The majority of these purchases were fresh flowers that might have been lovely at first, but most of them withered fairly quickly. Since so many moms receive flowers on Mother’s Day, why not plant some flowers so the bloom can provide beauty for months to come? Coordinate colors that will catch the eye or incorporate flowers that have special meaning for your mother and family. Azaleas are a passionate symbol of womanhood, and the iris is known for wisdom and love. Help your mother create a flower garden full of meaning and visual appeal, as a token of your affections.
Make a Meditation Space
Does your mom enjoy relaxing in a garden? Gardens offer many health benefits, including peace and tranquility which are important for mindful meditation, so think about dedicating some space to that purpose. Busy moms will be especially excited to have their own outdoor space for relaxation and contemplation. Find some sustainable decor, chairs, cushions, and hang a few chimes to create an outdoor oasis for your mother. Be careful not to place this space where bees like to linger, and take steps to give your mom some privacy for her peaceful practices.
Pick Up Some Helpful Herbs
Herbs can bring so many benefits to our busy lives while providing flavor for those secret family recipes. Use a small space in the garden or on the patio to grow your mother’s favorite herbs. Alternatively, try out ones she can use to improve her health and well-being. Chamomile and lavender are wonderful for inducing calm, while lemongrass and mint can provide needed energy. Check growing guides to ensure your herbs will get enough sunlight, and make sure you plant them in areas where they can enhance existing plants.
Spending time gardening with your family is a sustainable, compassionate way to celebrate your Mother’s Day together. You can honor the moms in your life while helping to improve the ecosystems that sustain life in your own backyard. In doing so, you give a genuine gift to your mother and Mother Earth at the same time.
The Dirt Locker® is a hillside terracing and erosion control system made in the USA from 100% recycled HDPE plastic. Together, the Dirt Lockers® and your plants become a cohesive stabilizing force, protecting your entire hillside from nature’s destructive elements. As your plants increase their root structure, the hillside will increase in strength and beauty! For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!