Posted by Michael Hughes August 3, 2010
The garden. Serene, peaceful yet a paradox of weeds and plants. I let the producing plant live over the non producing weeds which I pull. I decide. Morning glories, tomatoes and cukes can stay and bind weed is pulled. It’s not the bind weeds fault that their flowers are not colorful (to me) or large, bell shaped and are only there to choke out other plants much like kudzu. I have learned to do nothing when there is nothing to be done. I understand that the garden is larger than myself.
The first time I saw a seedling emerge from the soil I experienced magic. A wow factor so big it has kept me engaged in gardening to this date if nothing more than admiration for another’s garden. In the darkness of the soil and the lightness of the sky is a way to understand. Everything in constant change and season. No beginning and no end. This cycle of life has been here forever and it is as old as the earth.
I plant the seeds but do not make them grow, I prune the trees but do not create fruit, I seek life but cannot prevent death. The cycle of life is present for all things, provides for others but has no needs for itself.
Water gives life to all plants. Balance is important. In watering be generous, in weeding be mindful, in pruning be light, in harvesting be grateful. Don’t depend on others’ approval or you may forget your own joy. Rest is as important as gardening. The garden takes care of you as you take care of the garden. Giving, receiving, resting it’s possible to have these things without controlling them.
Land lies fallow waiting for new growth. Standing in my garden I see the miracles unfolding. Gardening has no beginning and no ending. There is somewhat of a mystery in gardening, it cannot be heard, seen or held. But it can be felt. To me it feels like joy, appreciation, freedom, love and passion.
For more information on Gardening in Colorado you can find it at my friend Jane Shellenbergers’ magazine website The Colorado Gardener.
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