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“Good thoughts bear good fruits. Bad thoughts bear bad fruits. And Man is his own gardener.”
— Reader’s Digest, Asian Edition
If a person plants seeds in his garden with a good attitude, naturally they will bear him good fruits. On the contrary, a bad attitude will bear him bad fruits from his seeds. Now, if he trains himself to think good thoughts, they will cater to him good results or fruits. Similarly, bad thoughts will yield bad results or fruits. I began to learn gardening at an early age, and my Dad was my guide. With gardening, I began to think of good thoughts and maintain a good attitude.
What Did Our Garden Look Like?
When I first entered our prefabricated home near the sea, our garden was very messy. It was full of weeds and long grasses everywhere. All that could be distinguishable was a huge pink-flowered plant. This portion of the garden was bordered by hedges.
The other portion was on the other side of the pathway leading to the front door of our home. Here, there were sunflower clusters and a multicolored flower bush, and like the other portion, this portion was also bordered by hedges.
Dad’s Way of Gardening
He weeded out the soil every two weeks. He added fertilizer, if needed, in small amounts every week. He sprinkled water over the garden every day.
My sisters and I helped Dad with weeding out and loosening the soil as well as sprinkling water over the plants and hedges. But we didn’t want to touch the fertilizer and so he didn’t force us.
It was good Dad involved his family members in gardening because that was how we learned the basics of gardening at an early age and also found our interest and enthusiasm in it.
Our Creativity in Gardening
We got pumpkin seeds from the kitchen and dried them. Then we dug them under the soil. After three days, there was a tiny seedling with only two leaves. We wondered where it came from or whether it was just a weed. Then the realization struck us. Yes, it was the pumpkin seed giving its birth to a seedling, which we dug under the earth only a few days earlier.
We got excited and gazed at it all day long. We began to sprinkle water every day and it grew more leaves. It was not long before the pumpkin plant was occupying a major portion of the garden. The leaves were green and huge, and pinkish white flowers set in. They withered away. Then came in more jubilation for us. It was a tiny dark green pumpkin bearing on the plant. We sprinkled water over it every day.
Dad at times put fertilizer at the base of the plant to make it stronger. Much to our delight, the tiny fruit grew bigger and bigger until it was time to detach it from the plant. It was a huge deep green pumpkin. Dad helped us to cut it into slices and donate them to our neighbors and we kept a portion of it for ourselves to cook and relish eating it.
As the memory of the first pumpkin began to fade from our memory, another patchy green pumpkin caught up in the plant, and it started growing bigger and bigger until it was almost ripe. Dad detached it, sliced it into several pieces and gave them away to neighbors and like before, we kept a small portion for ourselves and had it cooked and enjoyed having it in our meals.
Dad’s Further Guidance in Gardening
Dad guided us to plant lettuce leaves, sprouts and a special kind of tasty leaves called Pudina Pata. These multiplied by asexual reproduction. We had enough of them as food in our meals.
We had lettuce for a salad, sprout in a mixed vegetable curry and pudina pata was okay for adding taste to the inside of potato chops. The potato chops with the special leaves and slices of boiled eggs inside were very tasty to eat, and they were one of our favorite afternoon snacks. Pudina pata was great for enhancing the taste of vegetable curries as well.
How the Garden Got Plentiful Water
While we sprinkled water over the garden every day, we also put washed clothes in lines over the garden and under the sun to dry. So there was plenty of water dripping from the hung clothes as well as our splashed water from the garden pipe for the garden to absorb even if it was scorching hot summertime.
Our garden had a healthy look and was worth looking at. It was the last home in the last row in the leftmost position starting from the left direction. The Mediterranean Sea was next to it a few steps away. We were proud enthusiasts giving our garden an aesthetic look.
Because we always held good thoughts within us, our garden bore us beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. Yes, the fact that Man is his own gardener also held for us because through gardening, we helped ourselves to think positive, and positive, good thoughts yielded good fruits in other parts of our life as well.
This article is about how my sisters and I learned to swim in the sea. It reflects on the previous year about how we learned to roller skate, which seemed more challenging in that we fell off many times and had bruised hands, legs, and feet. Compared to that, swimming seemed far safer. Learning to swim and roller skate were both miracles for us with God helping us all along. To read this article, click the title link above.
This article is based on how we interacted with foreign neighbors living near the sea, getting entwined with their lives and children, playing and laughing with them, participating in cultural shows, and enjoying birthday parties and a whole lot more. To read this article, click the title link above.
© 2020 Rosina S Khan
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Rosina S Khan (author) on September 19, 2020:
Yes, I think you are right, Denise. Thank you for reading and commenting. Truly appreciated.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 19, 2020:
I think bad thoughts are the weeds in the garden and must be pulled up or they will take over and ruin all the good things keeping them from growing.
Rosina S Khan (author) on June 03, 2020:
Thank you, Brenda for your generous and wonderful comments. I am happy you enjoyed reading the article. Truly Appreciated.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:
It is so nice to learn about gardening at a young age.
It stays with you the rest of your days.
There is nothing better than picking from your own garden.
Great idea to hang wet clothes up to dry, but my luck I would step on the garden.
Great little story.
Rosina S Khan (author) on May 02, 2020:
Thank you, Peggy, for your generous and insightful comments. I am happy to know your side of experience in gardening. I am glad you enjoyed this article including the photos.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2020:
We lived next to my grandparents for most of our lives. My grandfather had huge gardens that ended up helping to feed not only them but our family and others. I learned a lot about gardening from him and have gone on to garden through the years. While our present garden is not huge, it is still fun to watch things grow that we then use in our cooking.
Gardening can also be applied to our thoughts and attitudes about life as you so nicely portrayed. Your article is beautiful in many ways. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your dad, sisters, and where you once lived. Thank you!
Rosina S Khan (author) on March 05, 2020:
Thank you for reading and for your generous comments. You got the point of my story. And I am pleased you loved my article, Dora.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:
Great story about gardening with input from the family members. I like the thought that your garden was beautiful because of your beautiful thoughts. Good read!
Rosina S Khan (author) on March 04, 2020:
Thank you, Chitrangada, for your reading and constructive comments. Yes, the quote you mention applies to gardening and real life. I like your side of the story regarding gardening. I am happy that you like my article.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2020:
A heartwarming article, about gardening, human relations and values. Your article reminded me of the quote, ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’
We can never forget, what our parents teach us. It remains with us, throughout our lives.
I love gardening a lot. I have a small plot, and around twenty potted plants. To see the growing plants, and the flowers, is a fulfilling experience. Yes, it does require lot of work, but it gives me the joy of creation.
Thanks for sharing this absorbing and wonderful article.
Rosina S Khan (author) on March 02, 2020:
I like your insightful comments, Lora. Yes, Man is his own gardener in that he can let in positive thoughts, weeding out the bad or he can choose to let negative thoughts overflow his mind, leading to an unsatisfying and unfulfilling life. Thank you for your elaborate, constructive feedback. I really appreciate it.
Lora Hollings on March 02, 2020:
How true your philosophy is, Rosina. Gardening is a perfect analogy to weeding out negative thoughts that will not serve us well and that will stunt our growth and keep us from succeeding at our goals, just like plants! We must always be mindful of what we are feeding ourselves and are we nourishing ourselves or are we depriving ourselves of thoughts that give us courage and belief in ourselves that we can succeed? Man is his owner gardener and he can choose to weed out the bad and feed his mind with only positive thoughts or he can choose to let bad thoughts overrun his mind leading to a life that is unfulfilling and unhappy in the end. Wonderful article. I loved the comparison. Great job! Thanks for sharing.
Rosina S Khan (author) on March 01, 2020:
I am very glad you think that this hub was a nice one. Thank you for sharing your experience in gardening, John. I appreciate your comments.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 01, 2020:
Yes, Rosina, good thoughts do bear good fruit, or put another way “you reap what you sow.”
This was a very nice article and I enjoyed the accompanying photos. I have always had gardens (flowers and vegetables) and it can be very time consuming tending them. In my present home it is so difficult to keep the weeds under control and they try to take over the garden. Nice work.
Rosina S Khan (author) on March 01, 2020:
Thank you, Lorna, for such elaborate constructive comments, explaining your similar side of the story and at the same time, giving credit to my Dad. Yes, Dad was indeed a great influence in my life and had taught me many life lessons. I am extremely happy that you call my article "excellent" and that you loved it.
Lorna Lamon on March 01, 2020:
Rosina this is a heartwarming article with delightful photos of your siblings and father. Being brought up on a farm I formed a love of the land. My mum had her own herb garden and from an early age we helped her with weeding and watering. There are so many life lessons we can learn from tending a garden and your article covers them well. It's lovely to see that your father was such a wonderful influence in your life and taught you so many important lessons. This is an excellent article Rosina - I loved it.
Rosina S Khan (author) on February 29, 2020:
I hope and pray that you will be successful with gardening if you try one more time, Donna. Keeping a garden brings out your creative juices and you also get satisfaction from it. I am happy that you enjoyed reading my article.
Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on February 29, 2020:
Rosina, this article is very good and informative. I hope I will be successful in keeping a garden, so far no luck. Great article that I enjoyed reading!
Rosina S Khan (author) on February 29, 2020:
Thank you, Fran, for your constructive and generous comments. I am happy that you loved reading my article.
fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 29, 2020:
Absolutely true about nourishing your garden. And the ingenious way of drips from laundry hanging over the garden. Yes, gardening should spill into our lives, giving love, tenderness and care will produce the results you wish for. A beautiful article.
Rosina S Khan (author) on February 28, 2020:
Thank you for your insightful comments, Manatita. Your comment, "I loved to see you three in pink, with your pumpkin. Sweet simplicity." amused me and made me smile.
manatita44 from london on February 28, 2020:
Very charming Hub. Good lessons on growing up and in showing that the results of nurturing with wholesome thoughts, does bring good results. You point about what is essentially Karma, is well noted. I loved to see you three in pink, with your pumpkin. Sweet simplicity.