Gardening is not an activity where you just grow few plants and water them. Garden is not about investing money and buying plants. Its about expressing your love for nature, expressing yourself and your affection towards what you do. Remember any one can place a plant and water it but the caring one alone owns a garden.
Many a times I have come across people who say I brought some costly plants but they are not showing the results as in a garden or a nursery. Well the truth is its not just the investment of paper that matters its the investment of your ultimate care and love that matters. A true gardener will agree to what I say.
Let us ask ourselves do we stop doing something immediately just because it does not throw expected results? Its the survival of the fittest that keeps mankind running and the golden P’s is what makes few excel in what they do. For gardening it is a must that we follow them religiously if we need results.
Passion: Passion towards what we do has always shown better results for all of us. When it comes to gardening it is the same passion that will do and show better results always. Be passionate about what you do and your love for the greens will never let you down. Many friends keep giving me reasons “I do not have enough space for a garden”, “I do not have money for the plants, pots or their maintenance”, “I do not have enough time or skill to do it”… but after all these excuses they do say that I would love to have some plants in my place. Well all I would like to say to them is all you do not have is the passion and it’s not just you even I was in the same boat few years back. The moment we have the passion it will unwind new horizons. So be passionate and do your part.
Patience: OK I am passionate? but still I am not getting the results… sounds familiar? Lets analyse… How many years did it take for you to be what you are today? How many years did it take to gain the knowledge you have got today? What lead you to your current status? Was passion your only key? Did I hear No? well you are right. that calls in for the next P in action. It’s Patience. Yes the ideal quality of every passionate person is their patience which has given them the desired results. So when it comes to gardening patience is a dire important factor. Remember every living thing has 3 important phase before it matures. Budding, accommodating, growing and then maturing. Even your plants have all these phase and its important that we understand it and be patient. Be passionate, be patient do your part correctly and keep believing in nature. Your key to success for a better garden.
Perseverance: This is the required quality for any gardener. If you are a budding one then this is a must have quality. Even a professional in any field makes fails in their virgin attempts. Do you think you have nothing to grow your plants in? Look around nature our teacher has got all the answers. How many times have we seen plant growth in old buildings who planted them? who is watering them? what is the pot mix? what are the fertilizers? Its just that nature made the right condition for the plant to sprout and grow. Follow it, use any medium your imagination is the key. Do your part, understand the basics, understand the plant better, provide it’s needs and be patient. We are living in the world where knowledge is within our hands. Remember you are not alone and the key is being persistence in getting results from your garden despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
So remember the golden P’s Passion, Patience and persistence. I will start sharing the knowledge I have gained while practicing organic gardening.
Will discuss basic requirement to get started in my next post… Until then Happy Gardening.