Crazy isn’t it that the more tech-savvy (and dependent) we become the more we enjoy digging in the dirt?
It’s difficult to tell the weeds from the plants in our garden this year but the 45(!) tomato plants have begun to yield beautiful grape tomatoes. Don’t know where our lettuce went, though the bunnies in the yard are looking fat and smug. We’ve had a few cubanelle peppers, yellow squash and cucumbers already. There are “fingerling” eggplant that we’re concluding are adult size, despite any markers to actually inform us.
What is it about gardening that’s so appealing even when we’re not terribly successful at it? I think it’s a metaphor for life and our health.
First and foremost, the garden teaches us we are not in control; some issues are beyond our authority. The garden reinforces the fact that science is important but luck is always welcome.
The garden gives us time away from technology, time to reflect; it offers exercise and potentially some healthy food. Sometimes you follow all the rules and things don’t quite turn out as you planned. Occasionally you are rewarded undeservedly.
Proper nutrients in the soil are necessary for a healthy plant just like a healthy body. Sunshine and fresh air and nature, in general, are proven to be therapeutic. Our gardens give us an excuse to be outdoors – unplugged. A garden offers balance, shows us patience and sometimes laughs at plans.
Gardens feed our souls with art, smells and sometimes poison ivy. Gardens remind us to be grateful for others – like farmers.
Whether you are gardening on a windowsill, a hanging basket, a pot or a farm, enjoy it’s therapy and know you’re on trend to be well,
PS And what are you doing with yellow summer squash?