Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!
Garden inspirations bloom numerous life lessons this time of year. This one blossomed a little something in me . . .
I planted those freckles a few days ago in my new garden bed. Now don’t get too jealous . . . my raised garden bed is plastic and I got it for $5 bucks last summer! I’ve waited ALL covid-year-long to bring it to my patio and sprinkle in some freckles. Now I wait.
I’ve found other ways to garden, too.
Sometimes I skip the waiting part and rely on those that have more patience than myself, and more hope in the invisible. I like to call this “Tag-Team Gardening.” I enter at the seeing-is-believing stage and start with what’s already pushed through the dark. Sometimes I need the hope of others to carry me into believing.
Then there’s the divide and conquer approach. When those hostas just won’t stop, I turn one into three. The hostas of my yesteryears remind me that with enough time, something bigger than I ever expected is possible. And the best part—now it’s my turn to be someone else’s hope!
But I’m not always tipping through the tulips as a happy gardener. Some days that bumper crop of weeds is just plain overwhelming. That’s when I go find those people that love to dig in the dirt, weeds and all. I’m happy to announce that I have some hoe-handlers coming next week! They’ll uproot my mess and help me start over. My overgrown, neglected, too-hard-on-the-knees flower bed is about to burst with new life! Oh, how I love these people! It’s my time to step out and let others step in! YAY!!!
But no matter how I garden, I need to put on my patience which, by the way, I’m constantly trying to grow, and wait for those tiny faith-filled-freckle-seeds to power through the weight of darkness. And when they do, each one tells me that even when I can’t see what’s going on beneath the surface, something mighty is.
This garden quote says it best . . .
“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit,
who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth,
and without light nothing flowers.” — May Sarton
New life will come.
In its time.
The invisible will become visible.
That’s the miracle.
And to be honest, I could use one right now.
While you and your little ones are waiting for your garden to grow, here are a few reads to remind you that those tiny seeds may become more than you ever imagined, and when they do, it’s really not anything less than a miracle.
50 more inspirational garden quotes!
Check out these easy mini green houses for kids!
How to Start a Garden/Gardening for Kids. (YouTube)
Happy Miracle Growing!
For more on this theme and other book recommendations visit my post, Watch For The Invisible.