Write your garden’s mission statement
December 31, 2008
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Many of us write goals or resolutions for the new year, but have you ever considered writing your garden’s mission statement? Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence encourages us to do just that.
Many of us have named our garden, but I think a mission statement goes further. It forces you to think about what you are trying to accomplish with your garden, encompassing not only short and long term goals but even a broader garden philosophy, or raison d’etre, if you will.
I find the idea intriguing and am going to mull over and ponder my garden’s mission statement in the next few weeks. I think it might help give a focus to my catalog browsing and wish list making. I’ll share it once I’m satisfied that I’ve gotten it right.
I hope you’ll take up the challenge and share your garden’s mission statement as well.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons