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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.
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