October 22nd, 2010
Slow gardening, like slow food, is taking the time to savour, it is the process, not the sudden transformation that matters. When you build a little, dig a bit, plant a little, move slowly and most importantly, don’t try to do it all at once, nature works with you. Gardening is something you do, not something you buy. You don’t have to spend money to have a great garden.
If you can find the right plant for the right place your hardest job is done. The plants do the rest! Don’t aim for a tropical garden if you live somewhere cold. Life has enough pressures without bringing them into the garden. Make compost and leaf piles and let nature look after your waste. Relax a little, then do a bit more. Soon you find yourself slowing down and enjoying the process of gardening.
Whatever you end up creating and growing in your garden, it is good to find your own way of doing it, and enjoy the process. The garden is the one place we do not need to rush. It is a place to slow down and take it all in! Everyone can grow something. It can be anything, and when you grow something you become a gardener.