RECEIVE MORE THAN YOU SEEK
I will always remember how it felt when I first saw life blossom from seeds that I planted, and how it felt to watch them survive outside on their own after growing in my laundry room. I will always crave the harmony I experience when I’m outside, quiet, working in my garden. I will always cherish moments with my mom in her garden. I will always smile when I look out the window and see my husband snacking on all the good cherry tomatoes after a jog. I can’t explain how it feels to feed my loved ones a meal made with food I grew from scratch, like I made something out of nothing. I can’t explain the patience I’ve learned and the perspective I’ve gained from connecting to nature in this way.
John Muir, an environmental activist, once wrote:
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
Gardening will become your teacher, your therapist, your peace, and it will give you so much more than it takes.
...Ok, now that I’ve buttered you up, let’s get down to business. Like everything else that’s good, gardening takes work. I’ve gardened for most of my life, read the books, worked in greenhouses and on farms, and I’ve found that one of the keys to a fruitful garden is planning ahead. Because when you think about it, there’s a lot to plan. What seeds should I buy? Where should I buy them? What vegetables do I like? What’s square foot gardening? What type of soil should I use? Where is the best sunlight in my yard? When do I plant? What’s the right fertilizer?
You get the point. It sounds overwhelming, and that’s what inspired me to create Something Good to Grow. I want you to feel everything I described in the beginning of this post, and this is my way to help you get started. Really, that’s all you need to do. Just start.
I’m going to post resources, tips, seasonal ideas, ways to save money and other things like that. But, what I’m most excited about is something I’ll start early next year:
I will walk you through each step of my Spring gardening process in real time - from buying the seeds to growing them indoors to transferring them outside to eating them. That way, you can follow along with each post and grow your own Spring garden. We can do it together. We need to celebrate the little things that connect us :). We need to slow down and simplify.
I hope you find Something Good in each section of this blog.
My goal is to help you be more creative in every season and in all kinds of ways.