The One Thing Every Gardener Needs

Let me offer you the most important piece of advice I know to help you enhance your garden, your skills as a gardener, and your pleasure in having a garden.

Create a comfortable place to sit in the garden and plant yourself there as often as you can.

If you don’t linger in the garden – while not actively gardening – you will never pick up all the subliminal and complex communications plants, soil, wildlife, weather, and climate convey throughout the year.

When you don’t participate in that deep, non-human communication, you run the risk of gardening by the book without understanding the ecological nuances unique to your garden. (That usually doesn’t end well for your plants or your garden aspirations.)

Books, blog posts, or advice from others can only point the way. They can not make up for using your own senses and building broad, personal experience by becoming part of the ecology of your garden area.

Your intuition won’t work as well because you simply won’t have enough information to go on. You’ll make more mistakes because you won’t be tuned in to all the natural and seasonal happenings in the life of your garden.

You’ll also miss out on the chance to make the garden a room of your own. Gardens without seating have a way of becoming a place where you show up to work and get a paid with a harvest of vegetables, flowers, or quick appreciation of beauty. Yet, without designating a spot to plant yourself so you can feel rooted, you will always be a visitor rather than a resident.

There are so many different kinds of seating types depending on what’s comfortable for you and your design aesthetic, budget, creative interests, and space.

To transform a garden into a living room, use plush furniture and decorative pillows.

For a woody shade grotto perhaps a swing will lure you to linger.

If budget is an issue, some rescued boards and a few cinder blocks are an inexpensive option.

Temporary folding chairs and a table will allow you to sit, imagine, take notes, and get to know a new area while hatching your garden plans.

You can also keep a blanket with your garden tools to lay on as you feel the humidity around the plants, the temperature of the soil, and watch the clouds go by.

If you garden over a larger area, then you may need multiple seating options (like all of mine shared in this post)!

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