Thriving in Garrett County, Maryland: Spring

Published: March 24, 2021

by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer
custom illustration by CurlyRed intern Olivia Weeks

You've heard the expression "Spring comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." That is certainly true here in Garrett County. We are starting to see warmer weather, but seasoned resident gardeners warn not to plant anything new until after Mother's Day for fear of frost damage. It's a tricky season, but beautiful too. Here's a few tips to help you thrive here this Spring:

  1. It's the perfect time for growth and change. Take a cue from nature and challenge yourself to grow. That could look like learning a new language (Duolingo is my favorite language program!), starting a daily meditation practice, eliminating a bad habit, or rekindling an old friendship.
  2. Patience is a virtue. It's easy to get discouraged when it's still cold and dreary, and friends who live in Florida are posting beach pictures on Instagram. But remember that our beautiful summer months—with swimming, fire pits, and boating on the lake—are just around the corner. Take this extra time to get your living space spic-and-span (we just did a huge spring cleaning at our house), donate those clothes you never wear, or organize your garage or spare closet.

    My spring trenchcoat, purchased from ThreadUp

  3. Dress for every possibility. I love a good cardigan, as you know. But a really versatile rain jacket and cute flats are perfect for this season. Find things are are easy to slip on and won't get ruined in the the rain, since the weather seems to change every 10 minutes or so. ThredUp is a great place to score second-hand goodies online.
  4. Get outside (even in the rain). Throw on that cute raincoat, and head out for a hike in one the many beautiful state parks our county has to offer. Get your hands dirty and try a small garden, even just herbs to start. Kick around a soccer ball with your kid, or hop on a bike with the riding club at Vagabond every Tuesday evening. Your mind and body will thank you.
  5. Support small and local businesses. As businesses are opening back up and restrictions are lifting, please consider dining out, support the local Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market, patronize a business in Oakland, and/or support a local non-profit with your time, talent or treasure. It's been a rough year, especially for small businesses and non-profits. Please help any way you can.
  6. Hold on to hope. Things are getting better all the time. I can feel that, I pray you can too.

What are your tips for thriving in the Spring?

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