slow down and enjoy your garden

Summer is winding down. The garden is bountiful, the harvest is prolific…and there is so much to do.

Water the garden, pickle the cucumbers, ferment the cabbage, remove the pests, seed the fall crops, repair the tomato trellis, wow there are so many weeds, give away zucchini, cook all the food…

STOP! Okay, I think we both need to take a deep breath. IN…and…OUT.

Woah! I have to admit, this summer my garden chores seem to have been relegated to just more items on my never-ending to do list. More things I need to “get done” as quickly as possible before moving on to the next.

Can you relate? My guess is that you can. Our fast-paced ever-connected world has trained our brains to think this way, to prioritize multitasking, productivity, and busyness over mindfulness and enjoyment.

Don’t get me wrong, I love eating organic, fresh vegetables; but if my garden is just a means to an end then I’d rather just go to my local food coop. We’re here for the journey and we should take time to enjoy it - and teach our kids to do the same.

A big part of what gardens teach us is to just be. To observe. To sit in stillness and enjoyment of all that nature has to offer. When our garden becomes just another item on our to do list, we lose that. Let’s honor our gardens and ourselves with some quiet time.

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