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Green Elephant Gardening

Gardening is a passion of mine – not only because it’s wonderful to be outside, work the earth with your hands, reap the benefits of a beautiful organic garden for edibles and simple beauty. I also garden for wildlife and creating a restorative habitat on my little lot of land – pollinators, birds, amphibians, and mammals frequenting our yard – but also my own sort of mindfulness and recovery.

Flore Pleno Daylilly, Bikurgram 2017

One of the things I love about having a presence online through my blog, Facebook, and Instagram are to connect with others who share my interests and passions.

 

Black-Eyed Susan, Bikurgram 2017

My yard wasn’t always a haven of organic gardening bliss. I have slowly dug up the sea of grass and amended the soil – replacing it with compost, mulch, and many plants I’ve picked up from nurseries, fellow gardeners, and friends. I’ve divided many of the plants already present and given them new life – shared divisions with the many gardeners who attend our Green Elephants.

 


I had blanket flowers and Black-Eyed Susans that for years prior to our moving in I’d tried to propagate with no success. It wasn’t until I started with naturalized specimens did my gardens take off.


I had no idea why anyone would give away Shasta Daisies – they are so brilliant! However, I now see — after years of failed attempts with nursery Daisies – how naturalized divisions from fellow gardeners can thrive when transplanted in your own yard!


I think about that a lot: not only with gardening, but with writing, how it benefits to have a community of like-minded individuals. I suppose you can say it’s really true of any interest, but passing on what you’ve learned, gleaned, and simplified in your own home, mind, or practice, grows abundantly when given freely and shared.

You can see what a difference just a few months makes to a garden – from March 2017 to July 2017, with regular tending and love, a garden grows and changes the scenery. I made tweaks with plantings, even transplanted a few last month – which is generally much too late – but it’s coming together. I’m learning, fostering my interests, intertwining them into my days, my weeks, my year. I do it for myself, but I also love to share and collaborate with others.

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Bleeding Heart, Bikurgurl 2016

However, I’m not always as loving to my lovely garden. I get busy, harried. I forget to prune, water, weed. I really haven’t fertilized my garden this year beyond adding compost and yet – it continues on. My writing, blogging, and even in-real-life-friends have been neglected in this season of change for me – yet I’m ever-grateful when those true friends, in the trenches with me, are there for me when I do come up for air. Homeschoolers, Public Schoolers; mothers, fathers, friends, family; writing community, gardeners, church family, neighbors…I’m thankful.

…and rambling….

 

Front and Side Yards, Bikurgurl 2015
Notice the abundant pumpkin vines growing in front – we can so much fun growing our own!

To those who came before me in my gardening, I humbly thank you. In my writing, homeschool, and communities beyond, I am privileged to be a part of growing beauty in all our gardens. You are valued, you are important: You are part of my community.

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What are you growing in your gardens?

11 thoughts on “Green Elephant Gardening

    1. Why thank you! I’m humbled by your kind words πŸ™‚ It is more about being patient and focusing on what’s working than what’s not. I appreciate your kindness and stopping by to see what I’ve been working on ❀

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      1. 😊 It’s a little knowledge, but a lot of community support through my Green Elephant friends! If I had my choice, the front garden – which is west facing and gets sun all day – would be a cornucopia of edibles, but my husband prefers a green lawn, so this is our current compromise {not many edibles – like the squash – seen from the street and I leave a patch of monoculture grass} 🌿😊 It’s all about community and compromise! Thank you so much for your kind words🌿

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  1. I love your garden. I too, focus on what is working, what grows well in my garden. For certain plants, probably don’t like my soil. I can’t be in the sun for too long so I plant the ones that do well in my garden. My plums are all ripened and picked, the first crop of oranges are all picked, juiced some, and put some in the refrigerator. The second crop is growing well. My grapes started to turn red. I’m busy with fruits alone….

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    1. So many wonderful fruits!! I only have strawberries, in spades this year, and my first year with raspberries. I have one blueberry bush and our neighbors cherry tree overhangs our side front yard {and they don’t pick it, so we help ourselves to what we can reach from it — it produces prolifically!}. I, too, have to be careful in the sun — my medicines and complexion make me very susceptible to sunburn. I hope you post a link to your garden pictures here — I’d love to see the fruits of your labor πŸ™‚

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