Micro Gardening

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Do you feel better surrounded by green growing things?

These very gentle and generous beings have a certain presence.  It is one reason why we feel relaxed and peaceful in our home surrounded by a forest.


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Which makes January and February such a challenge.  Most of our garden still slumbers through its winter dormancy.

Yes, the daffodils have begun to send up a few leaves here and there to test the air…. but we’re still just hanging on here.  Many reading this may simply wish to see the ground again, as their garden slumbers under its thick covering of snow and ice.


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Which might explain why the tiniest little plants bring such joy today.  Even a narrow windowsill can hold a very satisfying micro garden in February.


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It is the energy of growth which attracts us.  And watching their tiny unfoldings offers us a meditation on the nature of our own lives.


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Some find peace in the simplicity and sparseness of winter.  I find joy in watching life spin itself in new growth from the simple elements of water, air, and light.

There are lessons to be learned from this intimate observation of the infinite.


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All you need is a tiny container.  Depending on what you choose to grow, a little sand, a little water, or perhaps a little soil will sustain the tiny life you cradle there.


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This is the season when every bit of plant matter is ‘juiced,’ just waiting for the proper conditions to burst into another season of growth. 

Whether you scrape up a bit of moss, save a carrot top, plant a bean or garlic clove, suspend a sweet potato in water or moist sand, or even stand a cutting in a jar of water; the wonders of life will unfold right in front of your eyes.


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You don’t need acres of land to share in the mystery.  You don’t need an investment of cash.

Just see the possibility.   Offer warmth and water.

And prepare to be amazed.


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Inspired by the Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Scale

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Micro Gardening

  1. Pingback: “Scale” Photo Challenge | The Bohemian Rock Star's "Untitled Project"

  2. Yes! I hate being confined to places where nothing is growing.

  3. The Rambling Gardener

    What a nice idea to cheer up a February windowsill, today I will prepare a small container or two and see what I find on my travels this week!

    • What a nice idea 😉 I hope you post photos of what you pull together. Here, we’ve repurposed an empty spice bottle which has been sitting, empty for a while. It is tiny, but will hold the little strawberry begonia baby for a few weeks. Even am empty egg shell is sufficient in winter 😉 Please stay warm and enjoy this beautiful day 😉 WG

  4. You are definitely a bona fide plant addict! 😉 (Takes one to know one!)

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