Life Lessons I Learned from the Garden


I gardened a lot this year. A lot, a lot. Gardening is probably my favorite hobby. It’s like a moving meditation, where I’m always in the dirt and learn more by the day/month/year. And then there’s always fresh produce, too.

But actually, gardening this year reminded me of a lot of life lessons, and I thought I’d share a few.

  1. Sometimes you just have to let things go. It can be good to give up on something that’s not working, whether it’s a job or relationship, or a bell pepper plant that just won’t do anything but wilt. Letting go of things that no longer serve you can be wonderfully healthy and uplifting.
  2. Nothing lasts forever. Strawberry season, friendships, etc…. Most often, things wilt or disappear or change drastically. And that’s ok 🙂
  3. Things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes you realllllly want to produce large amounts of black carrots… and you only get five or six the whole year. Sometimes you make plans with someone and they fall through. And that’s ok. Expectations will often lead to disappointment.
  4. You gotta put in the hard, often dirty, work to reap the rewards. Planting and raking and weeding is rough on the body, but mannnnn a fresh tomato or cucumber makes it all worth it. Same with life outside the garden. You’ve gotta put in the time and attention for a great job or great relationship or friendship, and you’ll see the benefits.
  5. Spend more time outside. Plain and simple. Whether it’s in the garden or in just lounging on the porch reading. Get outdoors.

Just a few thoughts inspired by the gardens I spent so much time in… Have any to add?

4 thoughts on “Life Lessons I Learned from the Garden

  1. Brilliant lessons – for life as well as the garden. I used to love gardening when I was a kid, but I’m terrified of slugs! Black carrots sound interesting though – do they taste any different?

    Popped over from the Share The Love Link Party x


    1. Black carrots taste relatively similar to orange carrots…. It’s just so so beautiful to roast up a rainbow of carrots. I grew seven varieties of carrots just year just to have a wide range of colors 🙂


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