As important as my garden is to me, I sometimes get weary with the seemingly menial tasks that are required to tend it each day. My allotted two hours on many days is spent checking for bugs, harvesting, seeing how things are doing, and pulling a weed here and there. Other days I check for bugs, harvest, and plant.
Depending on what else is going on in my life (especially when experiencing physical pain), there are days that I really wish I didn’t garden.
I’m guessing that you have days you feel the same way.
What makes us give priority to gardening?
What motivates us to keep on? What causes us to find a way and the time to do what’s necessary?
The WHY is Important
I think it depends on WHY our garden is important to us and how we envision what it is we want to accomplish by gardening.
Is it a hobby? Just something to do? Just want a few home grown tomatoes? Do you feel that you can get the “same” food at the grocery store for less work? Growing stuff just to give it away?
Is it your main source of healthful food for your family? Do you know enough about what’s happening in big agribusiness to know how important it is to grow your own if you possibly can?
There’s a story about an architect who designed and built a beautiful cathedral.
The analogy between the cathedral and our gardens can help to show us what a difference our reasons for gardening can make. More importantly, it shows us what a difference our reasons can make in us and whether or not we keep on keeping on.
Here’s the story:
The architect approached 3 of the men who were working breaking rock in the construction of the cathedral. He asked each of them what they were doing and why?
- The first man said he was breaking rocks because he was paid a sum of money each day for his efforts.
- The second said he was breaking rocks to build a wall.
- The third said that although he could make more money for less effort elsewhere, he was working there to help build a beautiful cathedral that would inspire everyone who saw it. And furthermore, he wanted to learn how to build a cathedral of his own.
Are You Breaking Rocks or Building a Cathedral?
Each individual has to determine the importance of his reasons for gardening, just as these men determined their reason for breaking rocks.
- The fellow who just thought he was breaking rocks didn’t envision anything except a bit of pay at the end of the day.
- The fellow who said he was breaking rocks to build a wall envisioned a bit more than just pay.
- But the fellow who was helping to build a cathedral and learning to build his own, imagined as a future possibility something much greater than just the menial tasks of the day.
My Reasons for Gardening
Bill and I rely on our garden to supply the food that sustains us most of the year. The more I educate myself on what’s going on with the food industry, the more I realize that our health is dependent to a large degree on my garden.
My reasons for gardening make my garden of the utmost importance to me. Giving it up is not a consideration that lasts longer than a minute.
I’ve spent 36 years finding ways to cut down on what has to be done for success in the garden. I’ve shared a lot of it with you, because I want you to be successful in the garden and be able to do it with all the other hats you wear; just as I have over the years.
But when it comes right down to it, it’s your reasons for gardening that will make the difference in your garden.
Are you breaking rocks or building a cathedral?
Wishing you success and good health!
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