Lessons From My Garden
Hauling Out the Old Dirt
I am a container gardener in San Francisco. Last year was a really difficult year for me in many ways. I was stressed, unhappy, and dealing with an unexpected divorce. So last year I didn’t garden. It was the first time in almost 20 years that I didn’t plant.
I’m back this year. If you are a container gardener, you know that every year or two you need to throw out your old dirt and replace it. This is because the nutrients in the soil don’t have a natural way to be replenished. Also, it will eventually become full of roots. For me on top of all of that, I had a years worth of weeds and grass invading every bit of dirt.
Last week I began the process of throwing out old dirt. On Sunday my generous neighbor dragged it out to the front for me so it wasn’t‘ a project that I did completely on my own.
This is a project that will takes a few weeks and I’m not making myself do all of the work without any fun so as I throw out the old dirt I’m replacing it and planting flowers in it right away. This makes the project much more fun!
And so it is also in my life. I’m throwing out the old dirt and replacing it with new. Recently I’ve thrown out a couple of old clients that were clogging up my life and not very fun to work with anymore. I’ve planted some new seeds to get different clients that invigorate and enrich my life. I’ve also given up some old friendships that didn’t serve me. Just like those old roots in my old dirt would not allow new things to grow, some of my old friendships wouldn’t let me grow in the direction that I need to take now.
I am also throwing out a lot of old hurts and resentments. These negative thoughts are the worst — like weeds they take over everything. So I had a few people who didn’t live up to my expectations. This is how life works out sometimes.
I am looking forward to the progress of my garden.