We explained how it's a lot of work. Gardening is much like raising children, or caring for pets. You must nurture and watch for signs of their needs, and respond promptly. Like living humans or animals, no plant waits to be cared for. It will wither away without interaction and love.
Feeling a bit rushed to get on with our day, we did not take much time to properly introduce Michelle to our way of life in the gardens, and that leads to this post today. Her biggest question was, how to you begin? What makes one wish to take responsibility for their own meal ingredients and medicine?
When I was very young my parents had large food gardens and I enjoyed eating raw vegetables straight from the garden. We always had amazing herbs for tea and flavoring. As a young adult I was very attracted to plants and taught myself how to care for tricky flowers and herbs. In the '90s I gravitated to botanicals used for metaphysical properties and eventually became able to select herbs to treat illness using intuition. We believe this is a skill inside every one of us, and that it just needs to be activated!
Many friends have recently suggested that we open our home to those interested in learning about gardening and spirituality. We agree, it is time to take this idea seriously. People are always happily surprised to learn that we live in a historic building surrounded by a hidden oasis, right in the middle of a busy town!
We are very blessed to reside in our country-style cottage with a large patio and many gardens. Surely it would be the perfect setting to host free classes on growing food, saving seeds, growing seedlings in Spring and Fall, seasonal planting, smudging, tea making, botanical drying, wild foraging, and cooking with fresh ingredients.
We've noticed that visitors find it deeply comforting that we've replaced the normal American television with books and musical instruments. We're often told that coming to visit feels similar to being at a retreat. We rarely share that the reason behind the sensation of serenity here in our home and yard is due to our interest in Feng Shui. We believe that keeping a tidy, clutter-free home which allows chi (energy) to flow properly is good for health and well being. It certainly feels amazing! Perhaps we could include a seminar on simple Feng Shui solutions for any property.
Keeping this new goal in mind, we'll be working toward opening our home to the public.
See you soon!