The Best Garden Tool That Money Can't Buy


Holding up the sky in the squash patch 

Holding up the sky in the squash patch.

Our tool wall bristles with handles, blades, and tines. Many of those tools see daily use during the growing season. But I am going to tell you about our most important too, one we use every day of the year. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime.

In the sudden surge of interest in home-grown food these days, I’m flooded with questions from people about how to start gardening. 

But before you rush out in a panic and sprinkle seeds all over—slow down! The most successful gardens are born out of observation and connection. Get to know your garden, and productivity will follow. I garden for the bulk of my food calories, and I want to make sure I’m using my energy wisely. So I take my morning cup of tea out to the garden and have a seat. I’ve been doing this ever since I moved here in 2003, and the show has never gotten boring. 

Daily observation has shown me when and where to plant, tied me to the seasonal rhythms of my home, and revealed which creature was eating my strawberries! Watching the garden for 15 minutes a day saves me loads of time in the long run. Plus, I enjoy it. I think the garden does too.

7/1/2020 1:46:11 AM

Yes! A morning cuppa and bare feet on the ground.

6/30/2020 7:19:39 PM

What a beautiful reminder to slow down and enjoy the beauty and peace around you! Thank you for sharing this insight.

6/30/2020 7:32:25 AM

Reminds me of an old saying: “The very best thing you can put on your garden is your shadow.“

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