“The best way to multiply your happiness is to share it with others” – Unknown
I post a lot of information about gardening on my Facebook page. I usually don’t know if people are following the information or if they are just astonished that I’m growing stuff. Please remember that I never had any intentions on eating vegetables so the fact that I’m growing them didn’t make much since. A friend sent me the following picture. After I read this it really summed up exactly why I garden. Thank you A.F. for being the inspiration for this blog post today.
I thought I would add a few more things to this :
Basil – Base all your thoughts on the fact that people at their core are good
Pepper – Pepper the world with kindness
Carrots- Care about those around you
Spinach – Spin each and every moment you can surrounded by those you love
What I’ve gained from gardening is peace of mind. When I’m out there I don’t have to worry about anything. You can’t rush plants. They grow when they grow. Since I suffer from a thing called impatience I still get amazed I am able to garden. A plant may sprout in four days or two weeks. It comes when it comes. All I’m able to do is sit back and wait.
I’ve learned to compare gardening to cooking. Not cook book cooking, but my grandmothers cookings. When I was around twenty years old I asked my grandmother how to make gingerbread. She listed all the ingredients I needed and I rushed to the store and got the exact brands. I got back to her house, took everything out of the bag and thought I was ready. I asked my granny what did I need to do first. She began to talk about “sprinkling”, “dashes”, “some”, and “a little of” when describing amounts. I stood there thinking “what the hell is this lady talking about?” I asked “Do I use a cup, teaspoon, tablespoon, what?” Again she told me a pinch, dash, sprinkle, and some other crazy forms of measurement that made no sense to me. Needless to say I didn’t get a gingerbread made that day. I wasn’t ready for her maddening form of directions. She actually gave up as well and just make the gingerbread for me. I thought making gingerbread had to be easier than this. Let me state it was not. I found some recipes but they never tasted like hers. How she deciphered the madness I would never know, but she produced the perfect gingerbread every time.
Gardening for me is the exact same science. You sprinkle in some of this (fertilizer), some of that (worm castings), a pinch of this (compost), and some of that (water). Pop it in the oven (sun) and see what happens. You may get a plant, or you may not. It may be attacked by bugs it may not. What I’ve learned is trying to figure it out on your own is not the route to go. While every area and growing zone is different just knowing to “sprinkle” some stuff in your garden may actually help.
I read a lot of gardening articles and purchased a lot of books. My favorite online source is The Spruce. I also watch a lot of YouTube videos. I have a few favorites. Epic Gardening, M.I. Gardening, and The Rusted Garden. I followed each person for different reasons but they each add something to help supplement my garden. I also reach out to people on Facebook who can help me with specific issues.
Gardening can be scary, but it can also be just what you needed to gain a new perspective. It may be the conduit you have to talk to someone, to begin a conversation. Gardening may bring the peace you’ve been looking for or the solace you need to relax. Gardening can be nerve-racking and it can also be your calm in the storm. I can’t promise you that you will find joy in gardening, but I did. After putting in hours of work to grow something that you can actually eat is not something I can even describe.
The title of this blog was share the wealth. Share with me what you plan to grow. Share seeds with someone who wants to grow something new. Share tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years. Share with your kids the art of where food actually comes from. Sow love, gratitude, and happiness with those around you. Plant joy, peace, and wealth to all those around you. Do something you will be proud of tomorrow.