Plant Yourself

Raging chamomile flowers

It’s an abundant time of year. Figs are almost here, the chamomile just finished blooming and is dry, the broccoli is doubling in size every day, and the berries are coming on strong. We are at the very beginning of what promises to be a berry season of epic proportion. Working with the land, even on a very small scale, is super fun and rewarding. Plants are all around us and they come from the earth, providing us with food, medicine, clean air, companionship, and energetic wellness.

I am new to this level of interaction with plants. It has taken me some time to cultivate a good relationship. At first, I didn’t have much luck with plants. It’s not that they need a lot of care, but they need what they need, when they need it. It took me awhile to realize that if we give to plants, they give to us. Once I saw how much they give and how much I love homegrown tomatoes and homegrown snap peas, I was hooked. One of my favorite activities is working in my home garden. I love seeing how much stuff will grow in a very limited space. Plants make people feel good and make a space feel calm.

Plants that produce a lot of new growth are extremely energetic and inspiring. Taking the time to observe a plant’s changes feels therapeutic to both the observer and the observed. Observing the plant is how we can pick up on what it is the plant might need. If the plant is changing in a way that seems unhealthy, give it water. If that doesn’t work, reach out to your nearest neighbor with an impressive garden. In Eugene there are so many people who know about plants, so there are many resources to learn from. I like asking people about plants because I can then have a relationship with a person relating about plants. People relating about plants. Plant people.

How people relate to plants is fascinating. For example, I once had a local arborist refer to a tree as a giant air conditioner. My neighbor once chimed over the fence, “If you plant yourself, you will grow.”

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