resolutions for gardeners.
By Malcolm Beck
Before you perform any activity, use any product or do anything, always
ask. “Will Nature approve”?
Plant a garden. Gardening
is the only time you can have your cake and eat it too.
Don't allow gardening
to become a chore. Keep gardening fun. Gardening can and should be
therapeutic and relaxing exercise.
Consider failures in the
garden as learning experiences. Failures make successes a lot sweeter.
Don't curse the weeds;
Nature designed them so the earth could always have a protective cover,
sometimes green, sometimes brown. The weeds help the gardener get
exercise between planting and harvest time.
Study Nature, there is
no end to her mystery and excitement. Study the reproduction activities
of insects; they are way more interesting, outlandish, exotic, and
bizarre than you will ever find in a racy novel.
Read books on Nature. Life
in the soil alone can furnish more mystery and suspense than any good
author can dream up.
Study each pest, each insect,
weed and disease before you stomp on it, hoe it or spray it. It may
be trying to show or tell us something that could help us in some
way. Nature has designed every living creature to be of use and service
to us. If we spent time and money and studied from that point of view,
a lot of problems would be solved.
Don't be selfish.
The time, space, shelter, food and water of the earth environment
belong to all creatures. Be willing to share a small portion of your
plants, harvest and space with the four legged, the feathered and
the creepy crawlies.
Before you rake the leaves
ask the tree why it shed them, the tree may want to keep the leaves
as blanket over its roots for the winter and then as mulch and compost
through the spring and summer.
If you catch lawn clippings
ask Nature what you should do with them. Nature designed grass to
be harvested, but in the wild the harvesting animal always deposited
something in return in the form of manure and urine. We too should
return something. A mulch of compost would be much appreciated.
Practice soil and water
conservation. Mulching and composting are the most positive and absolute
way to conserve soil and water. Nature has been doing it for eons,
since the very beginning.
Don't complain about
the weather, you can't do anything to change it. Just think
how boring life would be without the four seasons? Without gloomy
weather we couldn't appreciate and enjoy good weather. Besides
how would we ever start a conversation with a stranger?
Take time to smell the