The end of winter means spring has sprung and warmer weather has arrived. With it brings sunshine, an extra hour of daylight, outdoor activities, blossoming flowers, fresh air, and the return of birds and other small creatures! It is truly an amazing transformation if you take the time to step back and recognize the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. The start of spring is an opportunity to incorporate new and fun activities to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul while appreciating the beauty that comes with the changing season.

5 Springtime Activities That Honor Your Body & Nature​

#1 Start a Garden​

The return of spring and warmer weather means more time spent outdoors in the sunlight and fresh air. Starting a garden can reconnect you to nature and your food. It is important to develop a plan before beginning.

For starting a traditional garden, you must first figure out what your growing zone is. The growing zone will help you decide which plants thrive best in your environment during the spring season. More information is listed below on how to find your growing zone.

Then, decide what you want to grow and where you want to grow it. Do you want an outdoor or indoor garden? There are many options for both choices. What do you want to grow? Do you want to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, or flowers? 

Next, purchase the necessary items for your chosen garden.

Watch your preparation and hard work pay off.

Herb Garden

An herb garden is an easy way to get started with gardening. It can be done inside or outside and requires minimal preparation, time, or attention. These herbs can be easily picked and used in home cooking to spice up meals & snacks!

Easy herbs to grow:

parsley, cilantro, rosemary, basil, thyme, dill, & many more!

Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden requires planning and preparation but brings many rewards in the form of delicious vegetables! It does not require much space and can even be done in containers. Depending on where you live, there are multiple vegetables you can grow each season. 

Common vegetables to grow in the spring:

Lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers

Check out What Planting Zone Do I Live In – Learn What The USDA Planting Zones Are For Your Area to learn more about your growing zone.


An AeroGarden is a self sustained, hydroponic, indoor garden that requires no soil. It allows you to grow a wide variety of plants & flowers. It is easy to maintain and produces great results! This easy to use garden alerts you when it is low on water or needs plant food. The light is on a timer with 12 hours on and 12 hours off. It can be programmed to turn on and off at your preferred time.  

Get an AeroGarden here.

#2 Pack a Picnic & Visit a Local Park/Beach

Enjoy the beautiful weather with delicious food at a park or beach.

Pack a basket full of your favorite food and drinks, grab a blanket, and ask your friends or family to join you.

In another bag. pack a football, frisbee, book to read, or a journaling notebook.

Spend the day enjoying the weather, eating good food, and spending time with the ones you love.

#3 Visit a Local Farmers Market or Festival

Visiting a local farmers market will give you the chance to connect with and support local farmers. 

You can purchase in-season fruits & vegetables that are fresh and packed full of nutrients.

A local food, arts, & crafts festivals is another great activity to enjoy the spring weather.

They offer live music & entertainment, great food, local artists, fun contests, and arts & crafts.

Pack a bag and blanket or chairs and enjoy delicious food and great music!

Farmers Market and Festival Resources:

Farmers’ markets: USDA Farmers Market | Agricultural Marketing Service // Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food / Pick your Own ( //

Florida Festivals 2022: Florida Festivals 2022, 2023 | Music, Food & Art Festivals in Florida (

#4 Spend Time in Nature by Going for a Walk or Hike

Get in some movement while enjoying the change of seasons.

Daily movement in nature is nourishment for your mind and body.

Go on a hike or take a walk around your neighborhood.

Invite your family or friends to join you or go solo with your fur baby! Take this time to actively meditate and rejuvenate your mind.

The return of spring means the return of birds and other small creatures. Notice and enjoy their presence while taking your walk.

Hiking Resources: 

50 Hikes in Central Florida | Florida Hikes

#5 Visit a Flower Farm

Flower farms have gotten popular over the last couple of years & rightfully so! 

You can visit these farms and pick your own flowers like tulips or sunflowers and sometimes even fruits and vegetables.

Sunflower fields are abundant and thrive in the Florida climate. The best time to visit these sunflower fields is late March through May.

The beautiful scenery and visiting during ‘golden hour’ make for great pictures!

Flower Farm Resources:

Central Florida U-Pick – Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, Zinnia, Sunflower – Southern Hill Farms

Home | Mick Farms ( 

Home – Graham’s U-Pick Farms ( 


Blossom Lane Farm 

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Abbey Payne

Dietetic Intern
The University of Alabama
Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship

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