To Be a Gardener, You Have To Be A Dreamer

by Laura Knoerr April 04, 2018 2 min read


Here in the Midwest, we can’t seem to shake off winter. This, however, does not deter us gardeners. We can’t be fooled! Spring will come. It has been teasing and taunting us for weeks. Soon (I hope), it will come to stay.

In the meantime, I have ordered my seeds and begun cleaning up the yard and garden spots. The city has notified us that it is picking up yard waste. (You mean, I’m not the only one doing this right now?) And my husband did an awesome thing for me. He created a little lean-to greenhouse. 

Do-It-Yourself Lean-To Greenhouse

Okay, so it's not very fancy, but when I look at it, this is what I see.

Abundant Produce

I can already taste the fresh lettuce, and kale, and spinach. I will sow the helichrysum seed there, this year, and the plants will actually flourish. Maybe I will even be successful with broccoli! Empty lots in the city will become raised bed gardens.  All ages and ethnicities will enjoy working beside each other. There will be beauty and practical production in every available space! (After all, gardeners have to be dreamers…)

For a few years now, some of us have been seeking unused land in my small city to make garden space available and to teach gardening to community residents – especially those who haven’t got access to a plot of land. As fast food and fast apps slowly sicken the population, gardening provides an antidote. Not only do raising and eating the home grown produce increase physical health, but cultivating flowers and herbs promotes good mental health.

So, I would urge you, my gardening friends, to get out there a bit more. Go out of your way to share a bit of gardening knowledge with a newbie who’s puzzling over a plant at Walmart, or involve yourself in a community effort to increase gardening. Share your produce with someone you don’t know. This effort can only bring about good. This is part of my vision for reconciling our differences. Gardening is great common ground.

And while you’re at it, give a gift of encouragement – like this wonderful doormat from FlagsRUs, and perfect for muddy shoes!



Customer Images:

Early Garden by Kathryn Stone
Image credit: Kathryn Stone

Early Garden by Kathryn Stone
Image credit: Kathryn Stone


2 Responses


April 11, 2018

Great post, Laura. I went outside and raked today. (Had to take advantage of the 67 degrees after days and days of 20s and 30s.) It was beautiful, and it felt so good to get out in the garden. :)

Kathryn Stone
Kathryn Stone

April 06, 2018

Hear, Hear! Great gardening inspiration! Yes, I’m here in the Midwest too and we are starting our plants indoors in a little tent greenhouse in our front room. The broccoli is about an inch and a half tall. We can’t wait for spring either. I’ve just bought a couple spring theme garden flags to get in the “mood” for spring outdoors from Flags R Us too! I’m trying to encourage the snow to go away. That greenhouse your husband made for you is a great idea. We could do that along a 10 foot part of our house. Thanks for the idea! Most of the house has bushes we like next to it but there is a little spot where that would work. I think we here in the Midwest are all suffering with extreme cabin fever besides the wish for spring! Yes, I think gardening is a unifying activity and the fresh produce is so wonderful as it ripens. We always end up with too much to eat at the end of summer since it all ripens at about the same time. That is a great idea to give it away to someone you don’t know. We have a senior’s center we take some of our produce to so that the seniors that can’t garden anymore can enjoy it.

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