Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. When we take a walk through our neighborhoods in the summertime, we often see large garden plots that look absolutely perfect – neatly tilled rows, weeds cleared away, big happy zucchini plants splaying out every which way… so many home gardeners make it look totally easy to tend and grow a great garden. But the truth is, it takes a whole heap of work, both mental and physical.
Even while it’s still during the winter, most home gardeners are already planning and preparing for the layout and schedule of this spring and summer’s garden. It’s good for the soil to not plant the same thing in the same area year after year, so most gardens tend to change. And the schedule varies greatly, region by region and plant by plant. Planning and scheduling a successful garden takes just as much brain power as it does physical labor.
In April and May (and sometimes as early as March), we start to see those home gardeners head outside with their gloves, shovels, tillers, seeds and all the tools they need to start this year’s garden. All throughout the hot summer months they’re out there, too. For what seems like hours, home gardeners work away in the hot sun, turning over the soil and giving their garden plots or boxes all the TLC they need to grow beautiful flowers, fresh herbs and delicious produce for their families. It’s a pretty amazing feat when you think about it!
The next time you see your spouse, family member or maybe even a neighbor outside working hard on their garden plot, why not take a refreshing drink out to them? An icy cold Arnold Palmer in the middle of a hot day in the garden sounds like heaven. Or if they’re up at the break of dawn to get outside and water the plants before it gets too hot, bring them a cup of coffee or tea! And if you’re feeling extra generous and want to be extra useful, you could always offer to help. 🙂
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What’s growing in your garden this year?