By Emily Wei, Lifestyle Columnist
Hello readers! Now that March is upon us, that means spring is as well. Spring is personally my favourite season so I may be biased, but I think this time of year is often overlooked as everyone hastily anticipates it’s close relative, summer. Due to this, I thought that I would take this month’s column to introduce some spring essentials.
If gardening is your forte, spring is the perfect time in Nova Scotia to grow some gorgeous flowers such as petunias, daisies, and tulips! Now that the sun has started to make a more common appearance, it’s a great chance to start the garden you’ve always wanted to, add to the one you already have, or just add some greenery to the interior of your home. I chose to mention these specific flowers as they are relatively low maintenance when compared to most other plants and can be planted almost anywhere! You can find seeds to plant at almost any garden centre, or if you’re looking for an easier route, feel free to get some pre-potted plants and either keep them in the pot or help them grow in your own garden.
If gardening isn’t really your strong point, I am sure that one thing everyone can enjoy is eating some good fruits and vegetables! After a long fall and winter of eating many out of season foods, a lot of popular fruits and vegetables come into season in spring. For instance, strawberries are usually a big crowd pleaser whether you eat them by themself or throw them into a tasty salad, so make sure to take advantage of their prime season while you can! Avocados are also quite good for spring and I’ve recently been enjoying an avocado each morning on top of a piece of toast, bagel, or hashbrown drizzled with some honey to wake me up. If you’re more of a vegetable lover rather than a fruit person, spring is the perfect time of year to enjoy some kale, onions, and carrots! Of course, all these foods can be enjoyed whether it is spring or not, however trying them during their peak season gives them just a little something extra!
If nothing has appealed to you quite yet, don’t fret for spring is also renowned for various activities. Although a few months away, the apple blossom festival in the Annapolis Valley is an event not to miss! Also a few months away in the valley is the drive-in theatre. This is the perfect alternative to sitting in a dark movie theatre as you don’t have to choose between enjoying the good weather or sitting inside. In addition to these, spring is the time to welcome home many of Nova Scotia’s birdlife from their migration to warmer climates and a perfect spot to do this is the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary Trail. The Emera Oval is known for its skating rink during the wintertime, but you can also rent roller skates, skateboards, bikes, and more from them during spring and summer!
Now that you are all starting to thaw from this long winter, I hope that I have given you something to do this springtime. Spring only comes once a year and although it may bring some not so desirable traits such as pollen and rain, if you look at it the right way, it also brings much to look forward to. So, have a good March and see you next month.
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