How Does Your Garden Grow? Are You A Constant Gardener Or Do You Vary With The Seasons?
“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.”
I love to garden.
Annually, I view my garden undertaking as a blank slate, a new adventure to be explored. No matter what transpired in the previous year, the upcoming season is a fresh start. I find tranquility digging in the dirt. I talk to my plants, and they don’t talk back which is refreshing. The solitude when I’m by myself is extremely peaceful. It grounds me.
My garden is my oasis. Every inch of two, 12x5-foot sections are filled with plantings. A white-picket fence offering protection surrounds the perimeter; brick pavers line the walkway; a small, square-wrought iron table and two chairs offer a comfortable place to relax; and when daylight fades to a dusk-filled sky, hundreds of twinkling fairly lights adorn the fence-line.
My horticulture passion is aimed at growing herbs and vegetables. Each season as I watch the life-cycle process, I am filled with hope and joy. Daily, I observe the progress, and, while results are not always that noticeable, it is surprising what can happen from one day to the next -- a plant sprouting a few inches after a good rainfall or a bloom materializing overnight. As maturation takes place, I am constantly amazed by a yield of crops, all resulting from such tiny seeds.
Tending a garden is a timely planned operation that happens season by season, year by year. If a step is missed or occurs too later, it can stunt growth or hinder it altogether. It is a continuous cycle, meaning work done in one period greatly impacts the next. Once committed to, tending a garden is a methodical exercise. Nevertheless, as each new season begins I deem my endeavor a blank slate, a new adventure. No mater what transpired in the previous year, this point in time is a fresh start.
I keep a gardening journal that I update regularly. It is useful to reference previous seasons to make changes based upon what worked or not. I document plant placement, the variety of plants selected, dates of planting and weather conditions. Each year is completely different. My journal tells a story, and I find it fascinating to look back through the years to see the contrast and adaptations.
After the soil is prepped and seeds planted, I water, watch, weed and wait. My oasis is a continual work in progress. No matter how prepared I am, Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with and lets me know I am not always the one in control. Every season has its own challenges. There are times I get very frustrated, but I try to learn from my mistakes.
I always overplant and some crops don’t make it as they struggle for room to grow. My learning curve in this arena is short-lived, and, no matter what I write down in my journal, this is a constant struggle.
When the dill is fragrant and tall, I know my garden is well underway. The first sighting of a small green tomato or the yellow blossom of a squash, I know my efforts are producing results, and I am happy.
Life is your garden, tend it well.
Everyone has one life to live. In that lifetime there are many moments of time…minutes, days, months, years. As I mentioned above, gardening is a timely planned operation, something that happens season by season, year by year. Nurturing personal and professional growth is just like cultivating a garden. The moments in time are the seasons.
Like gardening, nurturing personal and professional growth happens one step at a time. It is also a continuous cycle, meaning work done in one period greatly impacts the next. To improve what you want to do, and how you want to be… Growth does not simply occur over night. It takes effort, planning, trial and error, learning from mistakes, consistency, adapting, documenting… Additionally, obstacles may get in the way, detouring your time, veering you off your path. I’m sure you get the point I am trying to make. It takes determination and work. A lot of work! It is challenging but if you persevere, it is well worth the effort.
You have the option to sit back and let life take over. If you follow the easy path you won’t have a garden, you will have weeds. Assessing your path, to consciously know what you are doing and how, contributes to mindful development. If you follow this path, the harder path, you can grow what you want -- you can grow flowers.
Keep a journal. Write down thoughts to document your story. What is your passion, your purpose, your path to find your to be? Use your journal to reflect. Are you getting the results you want? From previous notes you can plan and learn from the past.
How does your garden grow? Are you a constant gardener or do you vary with the seasons? Weeds or flowers…it’s a choice. I can help you with your to be plan. Ask me how.