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Gardening is a Process

Updated on September 28, 2009
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There are a number of simple and relatively easy ways to begin a garden. No matter what you want to grow, vegetables, herbs, flowers, your garden can be ready to go in under two hours and sometimes even less.

The garden I am referring to here would be a relatively small one, for example, you would not be able to grow enough food to feed a family but you could produce more than enough herbs for year round use, as long as you dried some and you could grow tomatoes and salad greens for the season. There are other possibilities and your interest, knowledge and skills will determine what you sow and how much you reap.

No matter what you decide to produce in your garden, your yield, how successful you are will depend not upon a focus on the results of your work but on the process. In the garden it is not what you grow (a personal choice) but how you grow what you grow (a process).

If your attention is on the end result and not what you are doing, you can find yourself, failing to for example nurture the soil which is the activity that rests at the heart of organic gardening.

You want the garden to succeed, however, part of the fun of growing things is experimentation, taking a chance and trying something new or doing something differently.

Gardening is more than growing food or flowers; it is an interaction, a cooperative adventure and an exchange. The end result the tomatoes, roses or basil are much appreciated and enjoyed, but, the gardening activity itself is the primary reason for being out in the garden in the first place.

A focus on results can lead you to miss the sheer joy of being outside under the sun, in the rain, feeling the wind blowing across your skin. All of these and more are an integral part of spending time in your garden.

The time spent deadheading, weeding, or simply checking the plants for problems brings the gardener into close proximity, with other beings who help the garden grow, butterflies, bees and spiders are the gardener’s helpers and watching them be what they are is nearly magical.

When all your attention is concentrated on the end result, that juicy beefsteak tomato, the summer may either drag or fly by, and you miss the individual moments that make up each day, hour and minute. The garden is where we step out of the normal, hectic pace of our lives and slow down and be.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I love it when things just work, thanks for dropping by.

  • jayjay40 profile image


    9 years ago from Bristol England

    I love this hub. My garden is a happening as it is mixture of vegetables and flowers mixed together. It's starts off planned then it just happens as I fill each space with plants. I grew my pumpkin by the pond, the toads ate the slugs and also had big leaves to shelter under. This wasn't planned just happened

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    What type of roses do you have?

  • Storytellersrus profile image


    9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I love this. You are indeed Mr. Green Thumb and I am so impressed. Have you written a hub on rose care? I have my first rose bushes without many roses, but the bushes are thriving! My husband said he thought I need to cut them back this fall, which sounds right. And I need to fertilize them regularly to get buds. I laid down a bunch of fertilizer last fall when I transplanted them, so I figured they had enough healthy soil beneath them to keep them healthy...

    This is a FUN process-- especially when I am rewarded with beautiful flowers! I feel so happy to see color among the green! So, what do you recommend, Mr. Green Thumb?

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks ZB, and thank you both for dropping by.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob, once again you got the essence of gardening. There is nothing better then to watch things grow while taking a deep breath and rejuvenate

    kindest regards Zsuzsy

  • Vizey profile image


    9 years ago

    nice suggestion dude to pass out time rather then watching TV and surfing net. Thanks to bring us back close to nature.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both for dropping by and thanks for the kind words, happy gardening

  • jiberish profile image


    9 years ago from florida

    This is going to sound wierd, but I love the smell of dirt. The days I re-pot my flowers and plants and play in the dirt are my most relaxing days. Great Gardens, Great Hubs!

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    Cate Ferguson 

    9 years ago

    Gardening is a process - I love that Bob! Just like life, an adventure, an interaction, a connection. Beginning by growing herbs sounds so simple but the results are so important. Herbs alone can bring a wealth of taste, aroma and more importantly missing nutrients to any meal - well done on another great hub.


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