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As a child of about six years of age, my parent’s gave me my first gardening space. It was a small garden right in front of the house (what on earth were they thinking…lol). Did I tend this prominent garden well? No. Like most children that age, the novelty wore off quickly. The weeds flourished, and I watered rarely. Despite my neglect a few flowers bloomed, and I bloomed with pride over them.
As I think back on this first garden, as well as all those which have come after it, the gardens of my parents, and the gardens of my own home, one thing is very apparent to me. My memories that connect me to a place, that make it a home and part of me, are usually associated with the gardens.
I remember the nooks and crannies, bugs and worms, the soil and rocks, the smell, the textures, the little ornaments, everything that makes each garden unique. I remember the digging and planting, the tending and harvesting. All these things build a deep connection to the earth, and build a sense of place.
Among the very first projects I took on at my current house, was putting in flower beds. Somehow, the house was not my home until I’d laid claim to the soil around it. That was 13 years ago, and some of those flowers are still here now. In the spring, when my daughter is at play, and I gaze at my tulips in bloom alongside the ancient lilacs planted by a previous owner, many decades prior. I realize that if their connection and mark is still here, perhaps mine will linger too, many many years from now.
See I was already putting my daughter to work gardening at 3.
Miracle-Gro has been very useful in many of my gardening projects throughout the years. I’ve never been disappointed. They also understand that gardening is a whole lot more then digging and tending plants, and want to know how we Gro Something Greater. Whether gardening is spiritual, money saving, nourishing, a tradition, or just to make things look nice, they would love to hear your thought on how you Gro Something Greater.
I’m sort of curious myself. What does gardening mean to you? How would you say, you Gro Something Greater?