There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states; “Life begins the day you start a garden”. This is a wonderful sentiment, but unfortunately one that currently feels out of reach for many of us. As the price of housing, energy, food, and transport continue to soar, many of us find ourselves too preoccupied with our own survival to start thinking about growing a garden. Moreover, most of us don’t have access to a patch of land to call our own.
The beauty of gardening though, is that it can happen at any scale. A neighbour once asked me; “Would you say that you’re green-fingered?”, and I replied, “I can’t really say, I don’t have a garden”. But this is not true. All of us who look after plants at home are gardeners – whether they are in a pot or on a windowsill. The true magic of gardening is the practice of tuning into other living beings and life forces around us. Being a gardener means that you pay attention to the air and soil’s: temperature, humidity, texture, and composition. It means you are aware of the seasons, the phases of the moon (especially if your plants are on a windowsill), the amount of rainfall in any one week (if you are watering with rainwater), and you are acutely aware of the amount of light streaming through your windows.
Paying this much attention to your surroundings and tuning into what your plants need also encourages you to pay attention to yourself. To tune into your own needs – do you also need more sun, more daylight, more food?
Whether you are growing on a patio or have the fortune of being able to get your hands into the Earth’s soil, you are a gardener. And as a gardener, you can further develop your practice by thinking about gardening biodynamically. If the concepts of connecting to nature’s rhythms, better understanding and sensing plants and learning to connect with yourself and how you feel appeals to you – know that you are not alone. The Biodynamic Association is supporting an emerging movement of biodynamic gardeners through the Biodynamic Gardening Club. The club is available to join for a small £15 a year – its benefits include an online forum, weekly emails, regular webinars and events, instructional videos, and community exchange of ideas and experiences. We are always keen to know what you’ve been up to and to share your thoughts. So please do get in touch and check out our Gardening Club.
Written by Biodynamic Association Staff Member, Mara Galeano Carraro