What I learn from gardening

At GardenTenders.com the members are busy planning for the upcoming gardens; visions of sugar plums (and flowers and vegetables and chickens and and and) dance through our heads!

Having just read the current blogs I am sitting here envisioning the new gardens that I am going to add this year, seeing myself digging, planting, transplanting, and happily sweating. This vision leads my thoughts to what I have learned from gardening. The following list is compiled as the thoughts pop into my head:

* all things are Sacred — from the microbes in the soil, to the mosquitoes biting me as I work, to the seedlings, to the mighty trees
* life is not about receiving “now” but about creating for the future
* and on that same note, life is about living “in the moment” not “for the moment” – the process of the gardening is where life is, bliss is, living is
* Mother Nature provides all things and we need to honour Her and protect Her
* working “with” Mother Nature rather than fighting Her produces much more everything, from happiness to flowers and vegetables
* we have lots to learn from Nature if we pay attention
* there is such an inner reward at consuming something you helped grow
* I feel a great “disconnect” when I think of the hustle and bustle of our society and the feeling of completeness from working in the gardens
* everything has a purpose
* everything has a role to play in the big scheme of things, like a little cog in a giant machine
* earth, air, water, fire: protect these elements, as they are the cornerstones of all that Is.

There is just so much wisdom to be found in gardening, I could probably sit here all day and keep adding to that list! But you get the drift. There’s nothing better than connecting with Mother Nature by sinking our toes and our fingers into soil.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place


  1. January 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Such great words!
    You certainly know how to deliver the great message about gardening!

    Very powerful post!

  2. bkjagadish said,

    April 10, 2010 at 2:17 am

    S U P E R B !!!!

  3. msdebbiep said,

    April 10, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Thanks Brad and thanks jagadish.

  4. Jeannie said,

    May 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    That’s one of the great things about gardening; it just relieves your stress and you forget everything.

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