The fact that your garden is in a deep winter snooze doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature: It’s actually even more crucial to surround yourself with plants in dreary months. A study at the University of Michigan found that when people were around greenery, they could remember more and had better focus. Beyond that, being surrounded by nature may satisfy a basic human need. “Many experts believe that we’re wired to be attracted to things that are alive and vital,” says Toby Israel, Ph.D., author of Some Place Like Home and a design psychologist who creates spaces that feel emotionally satisfying. Reap the benefits of planting with these easy yet innovative tips:
1. Make potpourri.
Give a droopy rose bouquet new life in less than five minutes by drying the flowers in a microwave to preserve their color. Place a cup of water in the microwave, then put roses (with stems cut off) in a separate bowl, uncovered. Heat on High for about 90 seconds. Remove; mix in a few drops of mood-boosting essential oils like bergamot and rosemary for an aromatic pick-me-up.
2. Uncork your green thumb.
Turn used wine corks into botanical magnets. The how-tos: Glue a magnet to the back of a cork (lengthwise), then carve out a hole on top. Add a bit of potting soil, then nestle in a sprig from a succulent plant. Water with an eyedropper every one to two weeks — or even less. Your minis will grow for months.
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