I am new to blogging so this will take me some time to get the hang of but I thought I would quickly introduce myself. I am presently a university student with a passion for hockey, hiking, exploring, crafting, gardening and creating. To be concise I love nature!
Since landing the most amazing part-time job at a local garden store, I have found a new love for gardening and have come to understand the happiness plants can bring into people lives. I now assist kind and animated customers at the garden store compared to the commonly grumpy and rushed customers at the grocery store I once worked at. Maybe it is the beautiful spring weather and break from the Vancouver rain that makes people so friendly in the garden store but I believe there is more to it.
I have come to understand from just over a year of part-time work, that gardening makes people feel purposeful and needed. Gardening brings about the responsibility to remember to water, to fertilize and to be attentive. Caring for something other than oneself allows for acts of compassion for other living organisms. It is truly a therapeutic practice caring for plants and it can be rewarding in many cases. After my first year of starting a vegetable garden with my family I experienced a few disasters (the broccoli bolted and went to seed along with the bok choy) and a handful of success (fresh lettuce, butternut squash, snap peas and some good-looking corn if I don’t say so myself!). I am getting off topic but what I was trying to explain is that not only are there intrinsic benefits to gardening but there are tangible benefits as well. There is fresh organic produce waiting to be grown in even the smallest urban spaces! It just takes some creativity and patience.
It’s time to finish a paper and maybe a quick flip through Fine Gardening but I will leave you with a picture of my neighbour’s adorable cat that I kitty-sit for. In the background you can see her amazing urban garden. My neighbour has made amazing usage of a fairly small space and transformed it into a secret garden. I will upload better photos of it soon!