As I open my large window to let some fresh air in, I notice the tall Christmas tree (fir) in the small patch of lawn in front of the house. This tree has grown so tall, it almost dwarfs everything in its vicinity. I often wonder why I planted this tree when we moved in this home. I mean I could have easily chosen a fruit tree or even a vegetable tree. But in those days I didn’t really think much. It was a few years later that we planted an avocado tree from a sapling that we had grown from a seed. We didn’t have a clue whether this tree would fruit at all. We knew no one who had actually grown this tree. But this tree grew against all odds and fruited after 8 years just when we had given up all hope of it. 🙂
You know I was never a person with a green thumb or was anyone in our family for that matter. Since my dad was in a transferable job, we mostly lived in apartments across cities with hardly any greenery except for a few stray pots. But having moved here and seeing my husband grow veggies got me interested. The journey has been so fulfilling though I slacken regularly. I still make my homemade compost from kitchen waste regularly as well as garbage enzyme.
Some plants that are growing in my lawn – there is a tiny sapling of curry leaves. I had a plant earlier that died and I am trying to grow another plant. Having fresh curry leaves at home is very handy. Then there is this sapling of a mango plant that my mother-in-law brought for me from Hyderabad. There is a pot of tulsi too. This is a tough plant to maintain. It dies very easily. And here are these beautiful marigolds. Finally after so many tries, I have been able to grow them. Once they grow, they propagate very easily on their own. I love marigold. They bring a special kind of joy to me. A lot of them end up in my small temple at home.
Then I have a rooftop garden where I grow veggies. I keep sharing those pictures regularly. So, in the last 15 years I have changed into this person who is more conscious of her environment. Slowly and steadily, I have adopted green measures to the extent I can. Being with nature gives you a certain patience and nurturing spirit. Nature also teaches one to be selfless, to give without expecting anything in return.
You can’t help but feel elated among the greenery. You feel as if your plants wait for you daily. That they smile at you when you water them or enrich them with compost. Isn’t it gratifying? So everytime, I look out of my window, I see the wonderful plants. They instantly cheer me up.
Tell me do you enjoy gardening?
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