ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Becoming a Gardener - A Poem

Updated on August 12, 2015

Here is a silly simple-minded poem about the urge to garden, and how I became acquainted with the challenges posed by the neglected half acre that became my home.

A frustrated young gardener

Trapped in a third floor flat,

I yearned to have a plot of land,

A hoe, and a sun hat.


My lanai had two pots on it,

Each one with a worm in it.

Healthy, big tomato plants:

Hybrid, indeterminate.


I married, and we bought–a steal–

A ranch out in the ‘burbs.

I jumped for joy and put in bulbs

And culinary herbs.


The trees all needed pruning

And the weeds were five feet tall.

But underneath were raised beds

And a stately old rock wall.


My nemesis became a tree

That hosts a plague of beetles,

And those poorly-chosen woodchips–

They give slivers sharp as needles!


My heroes are the honeybees:

A blessing on this planet.

All hail, in turn, the plant food stakes

That saved my pomegranate!


I've learned to wait, and watch and hope,

By growing things from seeds.

I've reveled in the therapy

One gets from pulling weeds.


From Oregon I ordered

Compost activation kits,

The worms now have a paradise,

And we’re swamped with cucurbits.


Many months, dollars, tears,

Toils, and curses later,

It’s civilized, almost (not quite)

And I’m a cultivator.


Sometimes, on warm evenings,

I miss the urban scene,

But I can visit, and the tradeoff

Is, my thumbs are finally green.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Heuchera profile image

      Heuchera 7 years ago

      Thank you, and happy digging!

    • katyzzz profile image

      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I loved every nonsensical word of it, and I'm tempted to get out there with my gardening gloves ( yet to be purchased)

    • Heuchera profile image

      Heuchera 8 years ago

      Thanks, Moulik Mistry! I am honored by your kind words.

    • Moulik Mistry profile image

      Moulik Mistry 8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      You are a poet gardener, very well done...

    • Heuchera profile image

      Heuchera 8 years ago

      Thanks, LeonJane! We relish our extremely local produce, and the hard work can sometimes be a reward in itself.

    • LeonJane profile image

      LeonJane 8 years ago from Australia

      Great poem, there is nothing like growing your own fruit and veggies, no matter how hard or laborious the process may be.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)