Suppose it’s early in the morning. You sit at your breakfast table and hear birds chirping. With only a slight turn of your head you see a pair of small yellow, white, and black birds perched on the flowers. Their tiny, quick, head-fluttering matches their light, twittering chirps. Relax.
Within the next few seconds, unawares, your own breath silently matches the lightness of the scene. Before your next sip of coffee, you’re sitting a little lighter in the chair.
Dreams to Dissolve Anxiety
Now, look out your window and what do you see? Bare dirt? Untended, overgrown flower beds? Monster shrubs hanging so low they touch the ground? Large pots with dead growth from last year still shriveled up in the dirt?
But you dreamed of a Saturday morning at one with nature, the birds, and hot coffee…How will you get there?
The internet is blossoming with videos that try to encourage you by showing how “easy” it is to plant some flowers. Don’t get me wrong…I love all those videos and watch them endlessly!
And, truly, they are right…that digging a hole, mixing in a little fertilizer, loosening the roots, and then plopping the plant into the hole…is not all that hard. But, honestly they don’t address all the steps you will take to get there…You need that road map.
The Visible Road
So you need to be like Indiana Jones, who stood on the edge of a great abyss. He couldn’t see the path to happiness because it blended in so completely with the rock below. One step forward…and he found that he was standing on a solid path.
That’s for you, too.
Head Trash Stress
“But, it’s August,” you say. “Isn’t it too late to do any gardening?”
Hell, no! Even in the upper Midwest there are about 75 days of growing season before the first frost. Plenty of time for plants to get their roots established.
“But my space is too big! It needs too much work!”
See the title of my page? The 1-Hour Gardener. You are not trying to conquer your nature space—just be in it for a peaceful, nature experience. Close to the ground, digging in the soil, anticipating all the good to come. 1. hour. per. day. So this Saturday, follow the simple roadmap below.
Path Out of Stress
Step 1: Pick a garden spot where you want pretty things to grow.
Step 2: Go out this Saturday and take a picture of the spot every hour. Why? You are figuring out how much light that spot gets. Full sun is at least 6 hours per day. Anything less is part shade.
Step 3: Go to your local garden center to relax and browse the plants. Match the amount of light in your spot to the light requirement listed on the plant’s tag. Pick the prettiest plant you can find.
Step 4: Just like I said above—dig a hole, mix in a little fertilizer, tap the pot on a rock to loosen the plant and turn it out onto your hand, loosen the roots, plop it into the hole—and water.
Then, when anxiety creeps in, keep thinking about the pretty yellow, white, and black birds chirping “good morning” to you. If you plant it, they will come.
A great and happy adventure awaits!
Feature imageMICHAEL MURPHY