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Slow Gardening 101

Filed Under: gardening and plants, Exteriors & Facades, Outdoors

Raised garden with spinach, lettuce and onion chives, source: Flickr.

Slow gardening: it's good for the soul. Photo: Jasmine & Rose, Flickr

Relax. Breathe. Grow something.

This, in a nutshell, is the "Slow Gardening" philosophy. Introducing, Felder Rushing: horticulturalist, southern character, author and co-host of a Mississippi public radio show, "The Gestalt Gardener." Felder's now also the leading proponent of Slow Gardening, a concept more or less of his own creation.

So ... what is Slow Gardening anyway? Well, it's the back yard gardening equivalent of the Slow Food movement. It's all about enjoying the time you are outdoors ... and not regarding yard work as a chore to be rushed through. (Guilty!)

Read all about Slow Gardening here or at Felder's website, and be sure to check out this New York Times profile from back in March of this year.

One of Mr. Rushing's core messages is this: garden now with what time and resources you possess right now. Don't bother waiting 'till that golden imaginary future when you'll have the time, space or money you think you need to "really" garden.

Do a little at a time and keep it up. Grow stuff that needs little tending. Don't fuss over imperfections. Shear your shrubs less. Reduce your lawn area, thereby reducing mowing time. Hang out in the yard more often. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors.

Aah. Don't you feel more relaxed already? I do. In fact, I am feeling seriously inspired over here.


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