Lessons in life I've learned from gardening


As a carefree kid and later as a rogue adolescent, I had little interest in gardening. Only after becoming a mother did I notice the lovely garden my mother-in-law was tending. I began thinking about planting, growing, and nurturing as a result of my newly triggered maternal streak.

I wanted to try my hand at gardening. Today I'm going to tell you about my journey.


I am a complete beginner when it comes to gardening, just two years old. I have plenty of space to experiment and explore around the property. I started with easy, quick-to-grow vegetables. I remember it being the beginning of winter, so I sowed a few spinach and fenugreek seeds (borrowed from my father) in an old cooler tub. I requested that my gardener carry the soil for the same.


I could see small shoots coming towards the sun within a week. Watering them first thing in the morning after waking up was the most enjoyable activity. Every day, I'd learn something new about my garden and try to incorporate it into my gardening endeavours. I had a lot of hits and a couple of misses. I grew tomatoes, brinjal, lady finger, green chilly after a good attempt at growing spinach and fenugreek.


I've progressively transitioned to the more difficult ones. So far, this journey has endeared not just my heart, but also my soul. My garden provided me with solace when life was messy around me. Really, gardening can teach us important life lessons.

Gardening has taught me a great deal.


Let's take a look at some of the things that gardening has taught me.




Make sure you learn from your mistakes

Every mistake I've made has taught me something.

I've learned to seek help and to reach out to someone who is better at their job than I am and learn from them.


Take a moment to enjoy the roses

Those sweet-smelling roses in your garden deserve to be smelt every now and then.

Life is short, so don't be so rushed that you forget to enjoy the roses.



Adaptability is necessary

Repotting a plant from one pot to another necessitates the plant learning to adapt rapidly in order to thrive.

The same is true for us; adaptability is essential for development.


Failure is a catalyst for progress

I tried growing coriander for the third time after failing the first two times.

Never give up before you achieve your goal.



As you sow, so shall you reap

We've been told since childhood that "as you sow, so shall you reap."

To reap the rewards of life, we must sow love, gratitude, and goodwill.


Finally, I'd like to leave you with one of my favourite gardening quotes.

"We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course its our garden thats nurturing us"

Jenny Uglow



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