“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity
― Lindley Karstens
This is really what gardening is about for me. I think it is why I never wear gloves when working in the garden. Some of you may be gasping in shock -- after all, digging around in the dirt can play havoc with ones hands, not to mention ones manicure (and, yes, I do get my nails done). It is true that, after playing out in the garden, I frequently spend the evening dousing my hands with lotion -- but . . . It. Is. Worth. It!
I love the feel of the soil in my hands, the vibrations of life that I feel as I lovingly inspect the plants as they grow and begin to provide the desired produce. The fleeting moment of dismay when I realize that a destructive little critter has invaded followed by the knowledge that this is part of the process -- the cycle of life, if you will. Especially when it comes to many caterpillars -- they can decimate a plant, but ultimately they become such beautiful creatures . . .
Sometimes I think my goal, when puttering around in the garden is to become as dirty as possible -- and boy do I succeed! But it isn't the kind of dirty that makes you want to run to the bathroom and take a shower. Instead, it brings about a feeling of connection, calm, and satisfaction. Okay -- maybe that makes me a bit eccentric . . . or maybe that just makes me a witch!