This is a big weekend for planting. Maybe your new sprouts could use some music.

The Canadian May long weekend is when it should be safe to get the gardens in without worrying about any killing frosts. Garden centres will be jammed for the next three days.

If you’re a gardener, you want things to be big, beautiful, and healthy. That means the right soil, careful fertilizing, and just the right amount of water and sunlight. But there’s one other thing you can add to this list: music.

From Spotify’s blog:

“Over the last year, many people found comfort in an unexpected source: plants. Leafy Monstera deliciosas (aka the “Swiss cheese plant”), prickly cacti, and more flew off the shelves as stressed-out humans turned to nature for relief and beauty. And as Spotify listeners around the world transformed their home bases into green spaces, they also streamed music to encourage their seedlings. Streams of Spotify’s playlist Music for Plants, which offers mellow vibrations for green leaves and green thumbs, flourished, increasing by nearly 1,400% as plant parents new and old sought out good vibrations.

Learn more here. Godspeed, gardeners.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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