What Makes A Good Gardener?
There are many components wired into a man or a woman that can make that individual a good gardener at heart, even if they have never had a garden of their own.
Some people feel gardening is in their genes; they just love feel the coolness of a handful of rich loam or to watch the progress of a seed springing forth from the earth. Maybe as a little tyke you had special memories of working alongside a grandparent in the yard or planting you own seeds and watching them grow. The enjoyment of placing a handful of green beans or a red, ripe tomato in the harvest basket has stayed with you through the years. Or maybe you are someone who has never thought about gardening. Take 2 minutes and see if you have the elements needed to be a good gardener already built within you. What you find out might surprise you.
Are You Already Wired To Be A Gardener?
The Laptop Gardener says, “What sets our pastime apart from many others is a good old-fashioned dose of patience. Patience is a fleeting virtue among the “need it now”, instant gratification world. Growing relatively fast crops like tomatoes are an undertaking of four to six weeks before they can be put outside in the garden. The anticipation of biting into that first ripe tomato teaches patience.”
“A gardener is someone with a vision. Having a vision and being able to picture the end result is a valuable quality that will eliminate lots of unnecessary frustration. This anticipated picture may change somewhat between the start and finish but it is key to success.
“Being creative is the fun part of creating the vision. Letting the creative ideas flow freely brings out some amazing results. Ingenuity is frequently linked with creativity. This ability to make do with whatever is nearby is also a trait that is particularly strong in gardeners. There are always makeshift trellises for the climbing beans, temporary compost piles or a new way to stake tomatoes (with hockey sticks?) showing this ingenuity in gardeners.
“Gardeners always have intimate knowledge of everyone’s favorite subject – the weather. Gardeners are keenly aware of the weather because it affects their gardening life. This interest in weather allows gardeners to strike up a conversation anywhere with other gardeners. ”
Most gardeners often have a special heart for birds, animals, and children in addition to their love of plants. A good gardener by nature seems to be a nurturing and caring person.
You enjoy being outdoors. You notice the pulse of the seasons around you; maybe you delight in timely rains that refresh the earth, enjoy watching the activities of the insect world, and watch for the return of the robins in spring.
Maybe it is as simple as being awed by the handiwork of the Creator, and you want to bring some of the beauty to your yard!
And they stay to use the bluebird boxes to nest their young in the spring.
Cedar waxwings and many, many others will come for crabapples and other berries during the cold winter months.
Have you ever thought you’d like to grow a few indoor plants for a spot of color and to help the air quality inside your home?
Perhaps you have always thought it would be pretty neat to share the food you grow with your neighbors and friends.
Do you find yourself dreaming of wonderful color combinations and find yourself studying the gardens of others to get ideas? And wildly, have you ever gone up to someone’s door and knocked to ask what that is that’s growing in their flower bed?
Might you enjoy pouring over the flower and vegetable seed company catalogs that seem to just happen into our mailboxes in January?
For many, the delight of growing your own fresh-picked produce with out even leaving home is one of the simplest pleasures known to mankind.
There is satisfaction in knowing you can save at least a little bit on your food budget, sometimes quite a bit, and are on your way to being prepared in the event of an emergency.
Good gardeners are often willing to share their plants with others. Sending a part of one’s garden home with an admirer is a tradition that goes back to pioneer days. Gardeners are a generous lot. Plant exchanges are a great way to learn and spread the joy!
If you see any of these tendencies in yourself or one of your children, why don’t you plant a little garden this spring. You may surprise yourself and find this hobby will be a blessing.
Many studies have shown that being around plants lowers the blood pressure and calms the nerves. Whatever the skill level, gardening often has a positive effect on people. When you slice your first homegrown tomato, you just may wish you got started earlier! Why not plan a garden today?
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” ~Genesis 2: 15
Thanks for reading!