The month of August was kind to gardens this year. But big harvests aren't the only benefits gardeners earn — gardening has a reputation for nurturing heart and mind along with the body. To test that notion, Have You Heard asked valley gardeners, "Have you learned life lessons from your garden?"
I feel calm and relaxed in my garden. I grow fruits and vegetables organically, but flowers are my favorite part of my garden. The life lesson I've gained is to be in the here and now.
I feel relaxed and more attentive to detail in the garden. I think patience is the life lesson. You can do all the work you want, but it's often a matter of patience and time before the results show.
Yes, I've learned I should have paid attention to my mother when she was gardening. She knew all the names of flowers and I wish I had learned from her. I didn't realize it, but that's important information. It's the good stuff you should learn.
It feels good to grow something, enjoy the harvest and give something to my neighbors and friends. I have tomatoes in the freezer for winter. Sometimes you have surprises. This year, I bought an acorn squash start that turned out to be a pumpkin.
I love being in my garden. The beauty makes me grateful and happy. I've learned to just keep going. The weeds are always going to come back, so just keep going.
I feel strong and connected to the earth when I'm in the garden. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I have health problems, so just being able to go outside and do physical work is energizing. I think I've learned to be more connected to and respectful of Mother Earth and our food supply.
It's therapy for me. I'm happiest when I have my hands in the dirt. Everything's a practical lesson. If you don't get your weeds when they first come up, then they will get out of hand.
I feel very relaxed and sometimes philosophical when I'm sitting by my plants. It takes me back to my grandma, whom I adored. It's kind of bittersweet, but it's nice. I slow down and think about what's important in life.
The garden is always changing with the four seasons. You plant a seed, you grow it up, you harvest the plant or it dies, depending on the season. It's always changing. This is my life. I farm, and I am always outside. I like it better than other jobs I had that stayed the same all the time.