by Sandy Swegel
Reading through all the garden porn…uh I mean seed catalogs…I found myself quite transported this morning. Looking at the beautiful pictures in the catalogs, I realized that when I considered getting seeds for a certain plant, my mind was quite filled with images of what the full-grown plant in bloom would look like. Thinking about what tomatoes to grow, my mouth began to salivate. For gardeners, seeds aren’t just a tiny bit of hard matter, but a world of potential realized. Somehow, I think the plants actually manage to communicate that to us. We sit reading our catalogs and the seeds themselves seem to be shouting from the page, “Pick me!” Pick me!” As I always tell people when I teach seed starting classes, seed starting is easy….the plants want to grow.
I don’t think we need to be psychic to communicate with plants. Human-plant communication is something humans have done since the beginning. In a world with so many plants, how else did we figure out which ones are good for medicine and which ones are good for food?
So do a little experiment when you sit with your seed catalog or favorite seed website. Settle yourself into a quiet place alone with your catalog and set the mental intention that you’d like to understand which plants you should grow this year. Then calmly flip through the catalog and see what really gets your attention. Or sometimes thoughts of a certain plant pop into your head. Close your eyes for a moment and really see the plant. Use your imagination to smell the plant or feel its leaves. Let an image come to your mind of where the plant might be physically in your garden. Imagine it growing in that spot next June and notice if the plant looks healthy or weak when you think about it there. If it doesn’t look strong, try to imagine it in a different place. How’s it look there? How do you feel when you see the plant there?
Whether we are accessing our own intuition or really communicating with the plant itself, I think we are tapping into our own inner gardener who knows exactly what plants we should grow to make both the plant and the gardener happy!