Monday, June 28, 2010
The Gardening Blues
I sigh, looking at the crooked rows, insect infestations, blight and barren patches of earth that mark the gardens of the inexperienced and those short on the asset of time. Standing with my bare feet in the grass, my toes are massaged by tickling blades. I bend down and grab a handful of weeds and give a good yank. The invader is torn from the plot and given a hardy shake, making it release its grasp on the nutritious soil. A few more extractions and I feel my body relaxing and the stress of the day melt away.
I suppose that it really isn’t necessary to be an expert gardener, to enjoy the experience of gardening. Perhaps growing organic veggies and healthful food from a backyard plot is secondary to the real benefits of hobby horticulture. I wonder if the real benefits are tied to something more important and basic. Anyone can buy organic and healthy fruits and vegetables in a grocery store but where can you purchase happiness, peace and tranquility. Yes, I am sure there is a deep satisfaction in providing your own food but for some of us gardening is a little more.