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It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or on a sprawling property with acreage- anyone can have a garden. Yep, ANYONE!
In the last 6 months or so, I’ve become a fully fledged green thumb and I’m been compelled to write somewhat on an ode to it to profess my love. Whilst I was in my garden, I found myself deep in thought about all the things gardening has taught me
Gardening teaches you patience
Plants take time to grow, right? I get it now, gardening is all about patience. A plant needs to be cared for, nourished. Aside from the aesthetics of a plant or flower, there is a sense of planning, timing and love that needs to go into the whole process.
It’s hard fucking work
Dig a hole, then dig another one…then dig 30. It’s fucking tough. I was planting a hedge and I seriously underestimated the brute force that was required to complete this task. I say complete but it’s far from it- I’ve got a billion holes to dig and more plants to put in the ground but I can’t wait to see the final product. It’s somewhat of a mini garden makeover. When you dig (deep) into the earth, you are using every muscle- especially those core muscles. Forget your planks for the moment and get digging.
Anyone can give gardening a go
Kids, adults, older adults- anyone can do it. Obviously your capacity changes depending on what kind of effort you can put in but gardening is for EVERYBODY! Also be open to learning from others. I’ve learnt so many tricks from avid gardeners of all ages. LIke nature? Then you’ll love gardening.
You don’t need loads of space
Common gripe: “I have no space for a garden”. Lie. Excuse. Not true. Apartment, terrace or big backyard- Just scale it to suit your needs. Wall gardens (vertical gardens) are super popular and great for balconies. Zero outdoor space? Go with indoor plants or herbs on window sills. Indoor plants are also great to clean the air in stuffy spaces. Big space- start with a rectangular veggie patch or built up garden beds and plant seasonal produce. My recommendation is just to start small and increase as your crops grow along with your confidence. Don’t forget your friend google can help you with loads of information on seasonal produce, companion planting, organic bug sprays and when to pick or prune your plants.
Sit back and admire your work or eat it- it’s an awesome feeling!
Do you have a garden? What’s growing?