Tending the Garden

Squash plant, up close“I can water the gardens,” I remember saying with hopeful enthusiasm after the horticulture therapist said they needed a volunteer to help. I can’t believe how fast time has passed since then. 

I’ve been enjoying this job for several months.  My son volunteers as well and often helps.  I like it when he comes with me.  I think most plant people like watering the garden.  It’s easier than digging or pulling weeds and seeing the plants and flowers perk up after a drink is refreshing.  I usually take photos when he goes with me, but I tend to do that almost every time I go.

I was on my own yesterday.  It was late in the day to be watering, but the wind had been blowing for most of the day and kept things rather cool.  Every few minutes the trees swayed and I heard their leaves rustling.  It was a good day to water.

The different colors and wonderful aromas stimulate my mind.  The shapes and textures of leaves or fruit and vegetables capture my full attention.  I adore the busy garden creatures. 

And of course, I love it when we harvest food.  There is a strong connection to the land and earth when I eat food that I helped grow.  There’s something special that happens when you gather up greens or pull out carrots and garlic from the dirt.  I do believe with all my heart and soul that food taste better when it comes from your garden.  It’s a Green Healing happening to eat homegrown food!.

Tomato, in Red

I enjoy being a volunteer for many reasons, one of which is obviously that I get to be in a beautiful environment with nice people.  I also like the responsibility.  I think my son does too. 

I may need a little more help watering the gardens.  The hose is heavy and I thought I’d get used to it, but I’m fatigued.  Doctors say I have fibromyalgia.  I know for sure I have chronic pain and fatigue.  The key to controlling the pain, I guess, is not over doing things, which is challenging.  Plus, I forget about pain when I’m in the gardens.  I love that, but I’ve discovered that I must find a balance.

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