From learning about soil types to sprouting seeds, there are so many truths to having a garden and for the past two years, I have learned a lot thus far. I will share what truths I have discovered to inspire those looking into starting a garden of their own in today’s post. That said, let’s begin with the 10 garden truths you need to know.
Table of contents
- Things Don’t Always As Expected – Garden Truth #1
- You Have to Get Comfortable with Native Insects- Garden Truth #2
- It Teaches You Patience, Commitment, & Discipline- Garden Truth #3
- You Have to be Willing to Learn & Grow- Garden Truth #4
- Native Plants are Key- Garden Truth # 5
- It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect – Garden Truth #6
- You Are Always at the Mercy of Mother Nature- Garden Truth #7
- Give Yourself Time to Learn – Garden Truth #8
- It is More Than Growing Vegetables – Garden Truth #9
- It is An Extended Sanctuary of Your Home- Garden Truth #10
- In Conclusion
Things Don’t Always As Expected – Garden Truth #1
The first truth is that you have to be open to the unexpected. When you have a garden, you have to consider that things don’t always go as expected. You could do all the planning in the world, and then something can suddenly it can just go south. You can have various issues such as your budget, an insect may come through and tear some stuff up, or you may plant your plants too close together, or things didn’t grow. So, that’s one of the big things you have to consider when you’re gardening. That even though you make all these plans, it may not go the way you planned it. So you got to be open to that.
You Have to Get Comfortable with Native Insects- Garden Truth #2
The second thing is that you have to get comfortable with native insects. For those that say, “I don’t like bees, I don’t like butterflies, I don’t like snakes, I don’t like spiders,” then you are in the wrong field. Native insects are going to be everywhere. And really, they’re beneficial. Especially the native insects. They are going to be what makes your garden grow.
So that’s why I talk about having a pollinator garden with a vegetable garden because you need those insects to pollinate your garden. So they’re very beneficial, and you got to get comfortable with them because the reality is, as I always tell my children, they’re more scared of you than you are of them. At first, when I first saw them, oh man, I was nervous. I didn’t want to bother them or go near them, but I have grown used to seeing them over time, and now we all go about our merry way.
It Teaches You Patience, Commitment, & Discipline- Garden Truth #3
The third truth is, gardening teaches you patience, commitment, and discipline. It’s not just about putting things in the ground and just leaving it alone. So you have to come out, you have to tend to it, you have to make sure things go well.
You Have to be Willing to Learn & Grow- Garden Truth #4
The fourth truth is that you have to be willing to learn and grow. So, it’s not enough to, just like I mentioned, sticking seeds in the ground and calling it a day. Gardening is a learning process. You have to do things like reading books, watch other YouTubers, join different groups or join conventions, or workshops and stuff like that. That will teach you a lot about gardening. Even something as simple as when you go to the nursery, talking to the staff. That teaches you a lot. So you have to be willing to learn and grow as you garden.
Native Plants are Key- Garden Truth # 5
The fifth truth is that native plants are essential to your garden. It will bring so many beneficial insects to your area that it’s breathtaking. Since I came out this morning, I’ve seen multiple butterflies, multiple bumblebees, spiders; it’s just crazy.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect – Garden Truth #6
The sixth truth is that your garden doesn’t have to be perfect, and believe it or not, the insects prefer it that way. I’ve noticed that when I’ve allowed my garden to go wild versus trying to keep it neat and organized, I’ve had more insects come to my garden when for instance, it’s been raining like crazy, and the plants are just growing like crazy. I’ve had more insects come to this garden than when I try to keep everything neat, organized, and beautiful. They’re kind of like, “Yeah, we like the wildness.” So, it’s okay. If your garden is not perfect, it’s all right. At least you’re doing it.
You Are Always at the Mercy of Mother Nature- Garden Truth #7
The seventh truth is that you are always at the mercy of mother nature. With Mother Nature, you can preplan everything in your garden. You can make it beautiful, it can look nice, and mother nature will come through and tear it right down like it didn’t exist. So, for instance, I remember having a huge trellis, and it was full of green beans and going strong. Then a terrible storm came last year, and it destroyed it. It knocked it over and ripped it out of the ground. And I couldn’t do anything but clean it up and get rid of it. So that said, mother nature rules all.
Give Yourself Time to Learn – Garden Truth #8
The eighth truth is to give yourself at least five years to learn. So, this is year two for me, and I am still learning. I want to harvest some items from my garden, but I realize that there’s a possibility that I may not harvest anything. These past couple of years have been a learning experience and, and I’m okay with that.
So I decided to spend these first five years learning and understanding the harvest times and pruning them properly. How do you get the most out of your fruits and veggies? How early should you clip your greens, or what happens when your basils go unpruned? It’s so much that I’m learning, but it is worth it because, in the end, it helps you, and it takes you a lot further.
It is More Than Growing Vegetables – Garden Truth #9
The ninth truth is that gardening is just more being growing fruits and vegetables. It’s a year-long process. When you start gardening, yes, you’re developing a lot of fruits and vegetables, but there’s a lot of things that need completing after the plants die back or go to sleep. The down season such as winter, fall for some, those are the times where you come out, and you weed out your bed, you re-compost, you throw out some fresh wood chips, you cut a lot of the plants down as I like to say, you chop and drop, you pretty much get them down to their bark or the base plant so they can grow next year. But it’s a process. It’s not just something that is one day, one season, and that’s it. It’s a year-long process, even with your fruit trees. If you have fruit trees, you have to prune them, fertilize them, and add mulch around them.
It is An Extended Sanctuary of Your Home- Garden Truth #10
Finally, number 10, gardening is the extended sanctuary of your home. Now, let me explain that. That’s my favorite, and that’s why I left it as last. Your garden is your sanctuary, is your outdoor sanctuary. There was a point in time when my job was stressing me out, or I was overwhelmed. To keep me sane, I did a lot of walking through my garden because it brought me a sense of peace.
My home is my inner sanctuary, but my garden is my external sanctuary. It’s where I come and look at nature, watch the hummingbirds, watch the bees, and see how things grow. So as you create your garden, look at it beyond you just trying to grow and survive. Look at it from the perspective that brings you and your family peace and happiness because it establishes good energy and a good aura for your home.
Well, there you have it! Those are the ten truths to gardening. I hope that you enjoyed it and my question for you is,
“Which one resonated with you the most out of the 10 I talked about?”
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