Friday, April 2, 2010

Gardening: Peaceful or stressful?

Most of my gardening friends and family will tell you that gardening is like therapy. They find comfort,peace of mind and sanity when working in the garden. 
I have to admit though, the joy I find in gardening is not in the work that goes into it. It's hard work sometimes, especially when I am daily fighting cucumber beetles, squash bugs, SVB's, Powdery mildew, and on and on. To me, those things spell stress! What I do find great pleasure in is the accomplishment I feel when I get to pick the first harvest! When the first flowers begin to bud out! I love to see new life sprouting up out of the dirt.
 I am a perfectionist and a control freak and that probably doesn't go very well with gardening since nature is so unpredictable to say the least! I can't always control how many plants germinate, I can't always keep all those stinkin bugs away or the powdery mildew from taking over my yard! I can say though, besides wanting to control and perfect everything, I am a problem solver! I will try and try again until I can find a solution that works for me.
So, that is why I LOVE spring! It is a time to start all over again! A chance to prevent the problems of the previous year. A chance to try something new.  It's kind of like have a clean new slate to start again and hopefully do it better!
Happy Spring! And Happy Easter!


  1. I've learned to love the bugs. I visualize problems and flick those ($&^ things into a cup of soapy water and say "so long, sucka!"

    Ok, it doesn't always help with the problem, but it's still fun to do it.

  2. It's my personal serenity device, and I love it.