Noble Gardening Truths

Lisa Niday - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guest post by the Buddhist Gardner. We will be hearing more from her throughout the summer.

I’m only buddhist when I garden...

Truth be told, I know almost nothing about buddhism. My family was on the opposite end of the spectrum, and I have had very little exposure to this eastern philosophy. It seems, however, that I embrace most buddhist principles when it comes time to one of my favorite summer activities. So how am I a buddhist gardener? Let’s start from the beginning: the four noble truths of buddhism. Typically, this has to do with enlightenment, but it’s particularly applicable to my garden.

Truth #1: Acknowledge there is suffering. 

I think we all know how painful a long cold winter with no garden fresh vegetables can be.

Truth #2: Identify the cause of the suffering.

The length of time it takes the seeds to germinate. My rule of thumb: greens, peas, and anything that grows below ground, seeds go directly in the ground around easter. Anything that grows above ground (with a few exceptions), start seeds inside at the same time or earlier. The seeds outside aren’t so bad. It’s the seedlings inside staring at me day after day. Mocking me. NOT feeding me. The suffering goes on and on. Oh the humanity.

Truth #3: The cessation of suffering. 

This is where we realize how to end the suffering. This one’s easy: realizing that someday soon we will finally have the opportunity to plant. I feel a little joy just talking about.

photo of young seedling

Truth #4: Finding the path to end suffering.

photo of tomato plant

To find true peace and harmony in the world you must work with your yard, not against it.

What is your garden suffering? Remember, it’s not too late to find peace (and peas). If you didn’t start your seeds on time, find the cessation of your suffering. Go to the garden center, find some fabulous veggie plants and embark on the path to enlightenment (and lunch). 

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