I was looking at the back of my seeds packet the other day, and it looks as though I can start my garden. Each year I come up with a different technique to try and make sure all of my seedlings yield as much produce as possible. As many of us do, I start them in an individual pod, and then I have them make friends with one another once they start to blossom. Just like in life, the other plants help each other grow and blossom into something bigger and better. It is all about nurturing in nature.
We all have to begin somewhere, and that includes your plants. When carefully watered, and given plenty of sunlight, your seeds start to sprout a stem with little leaves. At that moment, you know all of your hard work during the first couple of weeks have paid off. You want them to grow a little bit more so they are sturdy for their new environment. And sometimes your plant may need a little push for the next stage in their life – those roots really know how to grasp onto their surroundings.
Growing is a part of life. At a certain age we begin to blossom, and it’s the same with our plants. If you put them in their correct nurturing environment, you will begin to see them grow big and strong. Growing certain plants together, like your tomato and basil, increase their crops. Basil is an herb that repels insects and helps the tomatoes to grow. You should also have lavender growing near your plants as it helps to keep the mosquitos away and from nibbling on your plants. Creating that perfect environment for your crops will help them thrive in their environment.
And then the time comes when all of the plants, and other crops, burst at once! It is a great, but overwhelming feeling on what to do with them all. You bring them to work to share with your colleagues, you give them to friends and neighbors, and of course you have them throughout your day. And you always say to yourself, “I’m cutting back next year on….”, but you never do!
The hard work you put into your garden each year is not always visible until the vines begin to shrivel up, and the leaves begin to turn brown. You can then dump your pots, pull out the plants, and be proud of the work that you accomplished.
Plants are part of the circle of life, and it’s important to root ourselves in the garden. Seeing the short plant cycle allows us to take in each moment and live our life to the fullest. We learn from mistakes, we learn from the past, and we look to the future for what is to come. And remember, sometimes we need to plant a few extra seeds because we do not know what will happen with them in the future.