Weekend Gardener

Blog based on my best-selling ebook "The Weekend Gardener"- The Busy Persons' Guide To A Beautiful Backyard Garden by Victor K. Pryles

Saturday, September 23, 2006

His Unmerciful Heropass And The Art Of Gardening

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.


The whole idea and impetus of "The Weekend Gardener" is to make sure you have time (always) to garden. Today's tip is to remind you of a few things along these lines:

1. Even two or three hours spent on your garden each weekend can result in amazing things. Don't feel that you spend "too little time" in your garden. If you stay in it say, an hour and half both Saturday and Sunday, this is plenty of time to see results.

2. I love to garden before breakfast. Not only is the air especially clear and crisp in the very early morning, the birds chirp more brightly and the stillness is most immediate. Most importantly, I know that I will feel wonderful all day if, after breakfast, the rest of the world catches up to me and I must leave my gardening behind for the rest of the day.

3. Always remember, you've made your plan. You're working that plan. That blueprint, however, is not written in stone and what you can't finish today will always wait for tommorow, or next week or next season. Let not time pressure you OUT of the moment in your garden. Enjoy each precious minute. It is, after all--the only thing that really exists.

4. Above all, be easy on yourself. Let the gardening experience be a shelter, a hope, and a delight. Don't bring your problems to bear in the garden. Instead imagine you are tilling your troubles into the ground you work. Your cares and worries of the 'outer life' should melt away under the clear, dreamy colors and fragrances you encounter in your little plot of earth.

Victor K. Pryles
"The Weekend Gardener"

P.S. Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825 - 1921)