7 Things Gardening Taught Me about Life

I call myself an aspiring gardener. Keeping plants alive has not come easy or natural by any means. Seven years ago, I didn’t even know the difference between an annual and a perennial. So, I’ve come a long way. Much of what I’ve learned about plants can be applied to people, too.

this is what I know to be true

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Environment matters. Full sun plants won’t bloom in the shade, and shade plants will burn in the sun. The same is true for people. Place yourself in the right environment to flourish.

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Most of the time, you can’t just stick a plant in the ground, walk away, and expect it to live. Even the hardiest of plants need some kind of care when first planted. Even the toughest people need love.

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Some plants naturally need more care than others–especially when they are out of their zone. Recognize those people in your life: the transplanted, the lost, the out of place, the forgotten. Learn how to help. If you are one of the above, ask for help, and accept help when it is offered to you.

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If you have plants, you will have bugs. Without these bugs, there would be no plants. Once you are successful, you will gather critics. Use their feedback to grow, but don’t allow their hate to damage your roots.

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Some plants are mutually beneficial when placed next to each other. Find those people, form those friendships; but remember, it’s a give and take.

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Soil matters. Food matters. What you put into your body will affect how you feel that day. Choose wisely.

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Some plants become dormant in the heart of the summer; others during the winter. Even during dormancy, the roots are still alive and growing deeper. Mulching keeps roots warm and retains water during droughts. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself during hard times, and you will reap the benefits during the growing season.

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All pictures taken from this year’s garden.