Andrew Polk

Working the Garden

Nothing happens quickly in the garden. Everything you do is done on faith… You prepare the earth, you plant the seed, you water it…. You water it repeatedly for days. Then, finally, you see a small sprout. You keep watering it. The sprout grows bigger. You keep watering it. The sprout eventually becomes a full fledged plant.

Working a garden teaches patience, faith, and tenacity. And, if you are a beginning gardener like I am, it teaches you to get used to failure.

Working the garden is like being an artist in some ways. The lessons of patience are important. Long term investment, yes. Tenacity, faith, and getting used to failure – all of these.