There seems to be a pull towards slow, intentional seasonal living more now than ever. Maybe it’s because of the events that have happened over the last few years, maybe it’s because people are craving connection to the natural rhythms of nature, maybe it’s something else entirely. One of the best ways to live connected to the seasons and nature is to garden and grow some of your own food, herbs and flowers. By default we have to connect with nature if we want to harvest anything from our gardens. Many vegetables and fruits only grow well, thrive and produce enough for harvesting during specific seasons. (Others can last through a few seasons.) The same is true for flowers and herbs, though with enough light you can have a magnificent herb garden on your windowsill or kitchen counter all year long.
Connecting with nature and being in tune with your seasonal shifts helps you plan a garden, once you know which plant families do best in what conditions. Even though it is August and we are in the midst of a harvesting frenzy from our summer gardens, we have to think ahead to the fall garden and what can grow and harvest then. There may still be time for you to start seeds for a fall garden depending on sunlight hours and your lowest temperatures/hard freeze dates. In my last post I covered some of what is possible to grow in a fall garden. You can find that here.
As we enjoy the summer harvests we have a special chance to connect with nature. I like to take a few deep breaths and offer gratitude for the gardens bountiful harvests. I take intentional walks through the garden to be fully present and connected in that space. Feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my face and smelling all the greenness of the garden is so special. If you haven’t taken the time to try connecting with your garden in this way definitely give it a go, it’s magical!
Each season of gardening is an opportunity to grow not only food, but yourself. No matter how long you have been gardening, there will always be something new to learn, try or discover. It’s not always wonderful, sometimes it’s a battle with a garden pest you haven’t had in your garden before or a rogue hailstorm you thought wouldn’t happen. Or it could be the most magnificent thing, like discovering a new to you variety of a fruit or vegetable that becomes something you grow over and over again. Or meeting a new garden friend that gets your excitement over successfully growing something for the first time.
Whatever you experience in the garden, know that it is one of the best ways to slow down and intentionally connect with the seasons.