Gardening and cultivating a plot of land is one of those hobbies that will remain endless in scope, something you can never “complete” as it were. The more a master-instrumentalist learns about his guitar, the more he understands just how much of a novice he really is. Gardening is perhaps the ultimate hobby, the most productive and bountiful, and a practice that has been and will be practiced for thousands of years. For that reason, there’s a lot to learn.
However, some people can think of gardening in terms of a chore, or hard work. It does require effort yes, but this effort is deeply rewarding and satisfying. Your problems seem minimal when working hard on a garden for a couple of hours, as you feel refreshed, connected to nature, and enjoy the height of wellbeing. It’s no wonder many people find appreciation for this hobby as they age.
If we wish to get out of the “chore and maintenance” mindset, however, is it possible to find deeper joy in gardening? Yes it is, because like the knowledge you can learn, the passion you can feel in this hobby will remain endless. With that in mind, please consider:
Try A Communal Garden Allotment
Gardening can be social if you wish it to be. You might get most of this by subscribing to a few YouTube channels, joining a couple of forums or reading a magazine dedicated to the gardens of the month, but there’s nothing like getting out there with people. If no family or friends wish to help you, you might decide to work on a communal allotment to grow marrows or other vegetables you would otherwise miss.
Grow Different Plants, Vegetables, And Whatever Else Poses A Challenge
It can be fun to ingratiate yourself with plants and seeds that you’re not familiar with, or haven’t had a chance to try and grow. For example, learning about the leaves of succulents can help you understand how to cultivate them better, curating a more diverse indoor garden that looks beautiful, but that you also understand. Expanding wisdom in this way feels enjoyable for many, and can lead to a much deeper investment in the hobby.
Try To Join A Competition Or Collaborative Effort
Sometimes, putting our effort into a local voluntary effort can be a rewarding thing to do. It’s easy to think that community efforts are less common than they ever were, but that’s not the case at all. From litter-picking to planting trees in your local woods, to renovating the public spaces or entering competitions like an “Area in Bloom” competition between districts or towns; there’s always something fun to get involved in. Moreover, vegetable-grower competitions every year are often replete with fellow feeling and fun, and you’ll meet plenty of like-minded people thanks to that effort.
With this advice, you’re sure to find deeper and more profound joy in your gardening hobby, even if that just means reading a book in your beautiful summer’s garden after a hard day of work.