Was Shakespeare right? While this quote would literally mean don’t waste your time fertilizing weeds, I suspect there’s a deeper meaning here. After all, one man’s weed is another man’s flower. I suspect it’s more about the needing to look at what we’re nourishing. Are we spreading compost on the areas of our lives that are not producing positive results for us?
Like so much of gardening, it’s more than just digging in the dirt. It’s about cultivating and enriching the world around us and at the same time, finding the quiet time to think about what we’re doing, where we’re going, and wondering if there isn’t more to life.
If you haven’t been in the garden lately, go out and pull up a few weeds. Marvel at their ability to find their way into every crack and crevice and flourish without any care from anyone. They propagate on their sheer will. They’re usually the ugly
ducklings of the garden and are often battled from all sides, and yet there they are, always popping their heads up looking for a bit of sunshine.
Go spend some time with the weeds. Take your kids with you. Talk about the roots that hold them steadfastly into the soil and draw up the rich nutrients. Share with them the shape of the head, the petals, the leaves. Squish them and rub them on a piece of clean white paper to see the colors they create. And then plant something that will grow in their place that will feed you in later months. Tend this new life and watch it grow. Water it daily – it’s important to keep it moist, and you connected to it.
Watch it grow and then eat it. Enjoy it. Share it. Gardening is life.
Here a few more of my favorite gardening quotes.
What are your favorite gardening quotes?
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