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Spring is (purportedly…☔) almost here!

The first day of spring is coming up in no time (March 20), and while the weather may not have gotten the memo quite yet, we’ll soon be seeing higher temps and longer days. Wherever your passions lie, here are some ideas to help put you in a springtime mood.

For gardeners – get those hands dirty!

There are lots of great online guides to March gardening in our region, but this one from Better Homes and Gardens tells us it’s “time to dig in on planting, pruning, and pest control.” Take note of this terrific tip on how to know when soil is warm enough for planting: when maple trees start showing new leaves, soil should be good to go!

For homemakers – dive into spring cleaning!

If Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix show ‘Tidying Up’ has taught us anything, it’s that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be joyless. Here’s a great list from Reader’s Digest of quick, doable tasks that make a big difference.

For cooking enthusiasts – visit the farmer’s market!

The downtown farmer’s market begins March 16, and will be open each weekend from now through October (Saturdays 9a-3p, Sundays 10a-3p). Stop by and pick up some of the seasonal produce on offer, including asparagus, peas, broccoli, and leafy greens like chard, kale, and spinach. Shopping and eating local is always a good idea!

For families – volunteer!

Spring’s a great time to get the whole family outdoors and help restore Vancouver’s parks and trails! There are tons of great opportunities organized by the city: recurring tree plantings, ivy pulls, and so much more. You’ll feel great about your contribution and have tuckered-out kids to boot!