I didn’t know that I had missed my time in the garden so much until this weekend. Was it the return of Monty in Gardeners World? Was it the fact that we finally managed to get a spade in the ground after all the freezing weather? Was it the appearance of the early Spring flowers?
No. I realised that I had been missing my mindful moments for I am proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener!
Pottering for Pleasure
I’ve been in the garden for most of the afternoon today just pottering about. I cut back all the old growth from my perennials and got rid of some early weeds. I purposely leave the old growth as I know the birds and insects benefit from the seeds late in the Winter. Last weekend, I watched as the birds came to feed in the cold and snowy weather. I turned the compost and added some to the garden. It was lovely and crumbly with lots of red worms in it. I was reading over at Fixtures and Flowers about these worms and didn’t know that they don’t like citrus as it can be toxic to them. I did find lots of old orange peel that hadn’t decomposed actually! I then planted some cosmos seeds that I had collected last year. I love the way these annuals fill the gaps in my large cottage border. I checked my rhubarb and covered it up to force it on.
This pottering about serves another purpose for me; it’s a way for me to be mindful of the present moment. A way for me to surround myself with tasks that need no other thoughts. No thoughts about what to cook for tea. No thoughts about what I need to prepare for school in the morning. No thoughts about the washing or shopping. Being in the present moment is about being mindful of that moment and cherishing it..Whilst I’m in my garden, I don’t have to worry or stress about other things and that brings me a sense of peace. I’ve recently discovered a lovely blog . The blog is called The Mindful Gardener. That’s me too! Growing up, I was always that child up a tree or sat watching the pond. I wasn’t getting up to mischief, I just loved being outside surrounded by nature and finding peace in watching a bee or finding creatures in a stream.
This is why I’m proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener.
Whether you potter about in your garden, walk your dog, practise yoga or sew beautiful clothes, ensure your hobby is a part of your day. It will help you to unwind and be present in the moment and that will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Are you a Mindful Gardener?