Of all the things that have been canceled or postponed as of late, gardening is not one of them. There are lots of reasons to garden—exercise, self-sufficiency, personal satisfaction, to name a few. Along with the fresh food and other rewards, we love the unexpected lessons that come from gardening. Here are a few we’ve learned over the years:
Beauty is everywhere. You just have to look. A well-maintained and -curated garden is a sight to behold, but don’t fuss to perfection so much that you miss the opportunity to delight in the untamed and wild.
Good things require hard work. Like so much in life, there are few shortcuts in gardening, but all that sweat and toil is its own reward. Sometimes, failure is necessary. No gardener is perfect. Setbacks come with the territory. It’s natural to be disappointed when things don’t work out, and it’s a chance to grow something new.
There’s more than one way. While there are rules essential for success, so much about gardening is trial, error, and a desire to learn. If something isn’t working, step back and look again with fresh eyes. You might be surprised to learn that the answer was right in front of you all along.
A healthy dose of optimism goes a long way. Pessimistic gardeners don’t last very long! If you aren’t already, we would like to suggest you stay calm and plant something!
How about tomatoes? They’re a popular addition to any vegetable garden, and there’s a variety for every taste, climate, or landscape.
With retail varieties in short supply these days, now is a great time to start a compost pile.
Finally, for our U.S. readers, today is Memorial Day. Don’t forget to raise the flag and, no matter where you are, kick off the unofficial start to summer with a feast fit for a family picnic.
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