Gardening is an excellent investment, not only does the gardener get an opportunity to interact with nature and get away from the daily routine, but she or he also gets tomatoes.
When you garden, size does not matter, great gardens can be created in small spaces. When you garden, mistakes do not matter. Gardening is about observing and interacting, a learning as you go, activity.
When a plant does not thrive realize this is not a failure but an opportunity to explore new possibilities or to learn more about what the plant needs to grow.
Gardening is an ongoing activity. This does not mean it takes a 24/7 level of attention, rather for those, who are eager to expand their knowledge and capabilities, there is always something to learn and try.
I have been growing plants for most of my life, starting in my parents’ backyard. There have been breaks over the years, for one reason or another, but my attention always returns to the garden.
I have made more than a few mistakes over those years. If I had given up after my first attempts I would have missed the many joys and hours of happiness, gardening has given me. Also, the great fruit, healthy herbs and vibrant flowers I have grown and shared with others over the years.
To truly benefit from all garden-related activities, keep a journal. A few notes about what worked, what did not and any observations you find relevant accompanied by photos will make an excellent record of your gardening adventure.
Smartphones make it simple to create a garden diary, but a basic notebook and pencil will do the job. The choice is yours.
Risk taking is essential in order to discover what we can do. Risk taking can build inner strength and wisdom.
Gardening is a great way to take a risk. There are a few basic rules to follow: the amount of sun a plant needs, soil health and water. Once these have been worked out, then have some fun.
Be sure to pay attention to the garden experiment you undertake. Keep a record in your garden notebook. This way there is something to review and reconsider over the cold months.
When the seed catalogues begin arriving. Take your time going through them. Select a new variety or two and incorporate them into the next season’s gardening plan.
Plan on moving plants that did not fare well to another spot or remove them altogether. Use the space, now available, for an experiment, perhaps a plant that you are not sure will work but want to try anyway.
There is a huge number of gardening books out there, do not get lost in the printed word but get out an get your hands dirty. Practical experience can be of more use than a book.