Spring

Spring is my favourite season. As we pass the Winter solstice and the days begin to get lighter and longer, there’s the anticipation of summer. If you live in the UK, the anticipation of summer is usually better than summer itself, so we need make the most of Spring!

For me, Spring is all about: 

Light

  • Daylight – stepping out into a spring day feels like coming out of hibernation; you just feel brighter and more alert. 
  • Lightweight meals – while there is still a crisp chill in the air, spring encourages you to eat fresher, cooler, greener foods which are abundant now. 
  • Living ‘lite’: the freedom of wearing fewer layers and the chance to put your winter clothes into storage (save mountain gear of course :D), you instantly feel better for being minimal. 

Cleansing 

  • The classic spring clean – it just makes you feel good! It’s a time to take stock of everything in your life. In Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Condo her principle is to go through each of your items (particularly clothing) and ask yourself, “Does this item give me joy?” If yes, keep it, if not, recycle or donate it. 
  • Fresh air; the windows are cranked open and we start leaving the garden door ajar- this signals Spring! Whenever I’m working on the computer and feel sluggish, I realise it’s because the windows are shut. Having good air circulation, as obvious as it sounds, makes such a difference to your energy, alertness, productivity and general wellbeing. 

Potential 

  • Growth – Spring is the season for new shoots to emerge; foods that are at the beginning of their lifecycle have a strong energy to grow and transform. Eating seasonally helps to harness the energy of the foods you are eating. 
  • Syncing up with the cycles – now is a good time to grow something new. 

 

Greens

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Wild nettles
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring greens
  • Watercress

Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • New potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Rhubarb 
  • Spring onions

Roots & Tubers

  • Beetroot
  • Celeriac
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Parsnip
  • Radishes

Mushrooms

  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Portabello mushrooms
  • St.Georges Mushroom

What to plant now