Some of us begin working the soil fully consciousness of a desire to become a gardener, while others can spend years growing plants before we awaken to the realization of who we have become.
For me it was the latter. I spent years, on and off, collecting houseplants, nurturing cuttings, and messing around with the seeds of grocery produce, never making an association between what I was doing and the word “gardener.” In that time I dug up and grew a successful food garden and carved out a growing space from a half-dead piece of city land. However, it wasn’t until friends started to ask questions about the mounting collection of pots on the roof of my building that the word gardener entered my vocabulary. Gardening was something that I did without assigning intention or a name to it.
What about you?
Grow Write Guild Prompt #21: Write about the moment when you knew you had become a gardener.
Further Notes and Questions:
- If you are having trouble pinpointing an exact moment, think back to other occasions and events that may have lead up to it. Ask yourself: What was the first plant or seed that you grew? When did you first seek out garden reference material? What was the first garden tool that you bought or procured?
- Looking back, try to answer the how, when, and whys of your journey to becoming a gardener.