That tidy plot of turned ground, however, not only will produce edible vegetation in a few weeks, but also an ample supply of weeds! And it seems they have the uncanny ability to thrive and grow more rapidly then the little seeds of fruits and vegetables we placed in the ground!
We visited a working farm that replicated one from pioneer days, some years ago and I was taken by the flowering plants, around the house! It wasn’t a flower in the sense of a coleus or begonia like you’d normally think of flowers, but it was a blooming squash plant! Now my husband didn’t immediately share my enthusiasm for the garden change idea, but I was delighted when I discovered there are still plenty of people who do this!
In what has become known as “edible landscaping," vegetable plants are placed around the yard, in strategic places to add to the ornamental or decorative landscape. It enhances a yard by adding health and, visual benefits and can be financially rewarding, as well! It also helps the "gardener" keep up with those vibrant and enthusiastic weeds! This doesn’t mean you can’t still have the standard plotted rows of garden, but this is certainly an alternative to the ordinary grouping!
When my children were in elementary school, it was customary practice to “group” the children according to ability. There were usually at least three groups: the high end, middle and lower end. This allowed for those young ones who were interested, to soar past their peers, with like-minded students. The only drawback to this, however, is if there was a child in the “lower group,” chances are, he never excelled and reached his potential enabling him to soar with the higher group.
Today’s grouping is a lot different. The children are generally a complete mix in the classroom, even though reading groups are still divided according to ability. But to have the children who work at a slower pace surrounded by those who seemed to soak up the material quickly, provides encouragement and inspiration to those who have to work harder to stay near or on the same level as their faster, “higher grouped” peers.
Even as adults, it’s to our advantage to surround ourselves with not only like minded people, but those we admire and consider role models. What better way to learn? Interaction with those who are educated or knowledgeable, even if from life alone, is a veritable treasure trove of inspiration! To glean information from those we consider the “best” in their field, gives us the drive and encouragement to work harder to be “more like them” even as we develop our own strengths!
The opposite side to this is just what happened to the little people in elementary school when my children were there. Those who were negative, without encouragement, or inspiration never seemed to leave the “comfort” of their “I’m not good enough” cubby hole where they found themselves. This is sad, because we all have the potential to be wonderful. We all have God-given abilities that when tapped, have the potential to do amazing things for the people around us and even our world.
So I encourage you to consider your “garden of life.” Do you find yourself in the standard “scraggly vegetable patch” without being challenged by those around you? Or, would you do better in a different grouping so you can grow, as well as, enhance other people’s lives?