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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Planting Lettuce – It’s More than Green


Since reading this Thich Nhat Hanh quote, a packet of lettuce seeds will never look the same way to me. “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” 

Thich Nhat Hanh loves to garden. So many of the principles we apply to gardening and designing outdoor spaces can simplify our workplace or personal relationships. So if you must, carry a packet of lettuce seeds to remind yourself that gardening and all its wonderful attributes is more than green. 

Don’t blame the lettuce. Understand if something needs more fertilizer, more water, more sun or less wind. It’s those simple rules of gardening that can be applied almost anywhere. Planting lettuce - It’s more than green. P.S. Just a quick gardening tip: Lettuce is very easy to grow. If you want to throw your hat into the garden ring, lettuce is it.

Image of lettuce seed packets with Rosemary in the forefront (also easy to grow) by Ann Bilowz 

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