We’ve known for a while that we’d be moving out of this house sometime this summer. Nonetheless, at the end of April we dug up our garden beds and planted a ton of perennials. BoyfriendMan and I have spent hours weeding the garden over the last few weeks. And a couple days ago I spent more than an hour hunting down 42 damn slugs one by one and drowning them in the moat because the mo’fo’s were DESTROYING MY DAHLIAS.
So why did we decide to invest the money and man-hours into gardening at a place we knew we were about to leave?
Why I Kept Gardening
- I started this garden. BoyfriendMan and I ripped up weeds, dug into the ground, and installed the barriers around it. I don’t want to abandon it! It’s my project, my responsibility, and I want to continue working on it as long as I can.
- I don’t want to leave the garden looking like crap. I want it to look loved, because it is loved. The house has given us so much love and support. It deserves to look nice! And the next people who move in deserve to have it look nice too.
- When we bought all those perennials, we knew we’d still be in the house for at least six weeks. We might as well have a nice looking yard while we’re here.
- Every bit of gardening experience I get makes me a better gardener! I want to keep gardening at our next place, and every time I spend an hour or two getting down and dirty with plant friends, I learn something new.
- Gardening is a fantastic way to spend some time outside enjoying the nice weather. For those of us who spend a lot of time online, reading, or watching TV in the winter, moving around outdoors and getting some fresh air is a perfect start to spring! Not to mention good for the glutes. My booty def feels it the morning after a long weeding session.
- As our time at this house draws to a close, I want to appreciate it to the fullest extent possible. I want to fully be present, connect with the house, and make strong, meaningful memories here. Because gardening is such a physical and sometimes repetitive activity, it can lull you into a sort of meditative state that anchors you into the here and now.
The Garden Gives Back
The more I thought about this question, the more I realized that it wasn’t just about gardening. It was about being present in the moment and seizing every opportunity to appreciate something beautiful. Something I really enjoy.
I don’t want to let time slip away by thinking, “well, time is short, so why bother?” Our time on this planet is short too, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to make our own meaning and happiness while we’re here!
And honestly, the more time I put into my garden, the more I get out of it. I get better at deadheading flowers to encourage blooming, and I learn that you’re supposed to water your garden in the morning. I get to marvel at seeing a patch of dirt transform into a lush, thriving green plant as if by magic and watch uprooted earthworms writhe back into their secret realm of earth. Sometimes I even learn about how to keep slugs out a garden because holy crap do slugs love dahlias.
You and me both, slugs.
(DIE, SLUGS, DIE.)