3 Ways to Enjoy Gardening More!
by Sandy Swegel
We had our first 100-degree day which always reminds me that I prefer to be a fair-weather gardener and garden where it is cool and partly shady. Sometime mid-summer, gardening can become a chore rather than a delight. So on that hot day, I thought about what I could do to revitalize my love of gardening.
Put Down the Phone.
Really. I know we’re all addicted to our phones and incoming text messages. Scientists say it’s an actual chemical addiction with little dopamine rushes every time the alert sound goes off. But it also means you are only half conscious in the garden. How can you learn to listen to the fairies and devas if you’re always on the phone? Or how can you see the early signs of pest infestations or the amazing tiny native pollinators if you’re not fully present?
Show the Garden to Someone Who Knows Nothing of Gardens.
City folk or small children are good subjects. You’ll find out what you love when you’re doing show-and-tell to your garden newbie. You learn your attitude to dandelions has softened when you find yourself explaining that dandelions are the first foods of the year for bees. And those caterpillars you might think of as pests….you love lifting the leaves to show off their hiding places. Your love of the mystery and surprise of nature shows up when you introduce a garden to someone new.
Forget that you know the difference between Plants and “Weeds”.
Every few years my town has an artists’ garden tour where we visit the homes and studios of local artists. These artists have gardens with incredible detail to shapes and textures and color combinations. They are often inexperienced gardeners but rather just using the green growing things as another medium in their art. They don’t know that pretty purple flowers are thistles that should be yanked. And uncut grassy weeds look nice blowing in the wind in their minds. If you forget everything you know about plants and just walk around your garden looking at the pretty colors and textures and how the shapes look against the sky, you’ll have a whole new love for your garden.
Photo Credit: http://20minutegarden.com/2011/06/28/garden-advice-a-phone-call-away/
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