When Should You Start Thinking About Adaptive Gardening?


Start where you are. Think about what hurts you when you garden. Decide what chores have become increasingly difficult to do. Then take a hard look at your garden and plan for whatever the future may hold.

Let’s face it, we are living in a stressful and complicated world. All the more reason to take time to get down to earth. As I write this today, I’m struck by how different our world is from just a few years ago. If watching the news makes you crazy, why not spend more time in your garden to shift your gears?

Years ago, I had a high energy sales job and worked for an insecure sales manager who enjoyed pulling the rug out from under me as a way of testing me. I was super stressed, and when I got home from work, I would pour myself a glass of wine, grab my pruners, and go out into my garden.

What began as a little dead-heading chore resulted in creating a beautiful bouquet of roses and cut flowers to bring indoors. Still, in my business suit, my stress melted away and it was replaced with a feeling of joy. Gardening has always been an attitude adjustment for me and if you are reading this post, I’m betting you feel the same.

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