I come down with a case of garden envy at least 10 times a week. Sometimes it seems every garden looks better than mine. Of course, my garden is a relative virgin. Or as I prefer to call it, a work in progress. Incidentally, that’s a great way of describing your garden if you want to avoid being judged by appearance alone. It also works if you’re lazy, uncommitted or just too darn busy to get out there and pull those weeds.
That’s not why I call my garden a work in progress. At least that’s what I tell myself. I’m actually a very enthusiastic and skilled gardener. The only thing that stops me from having the garden of my dreams is having the money to pay for it. I do have a penchant for stealing seeds and finding other ways to get plants for free. Still, I’m far from wealthy. So my garden isn’t as fabulous as I’d like to be. Hence, the garden envy.
I try not to let garden envy get to me. Sometimes it’s pretty tough. Just those Facebook pictures of my friends’ gardens can do me in sometimes. Look at those beautiful blooms. Did you ever see so many tomatoes on one plant? Is that what I think it is? I’ve been trying to grow that crap for years! Seriously? I call myself a gardener? What gives me the right?
Gardening is not a contest. That’s easy for you to say. It’s not so easy to get that through my head. My inner competitor simply refuses to let it go sometimes. Still, it’s true. Gardening should be an adventure you take all by yourself. Gardening is about the experience, not the end result. So don’t listen to the naysayers.
There will be plenty of naysayers. There will also be nitpickers, advice givers and critics. No matter how fabulous your garden is, someone else’s is bound to be better. If you don’t think so, chances are they do. Which is kind of like backwards garden envy. Oh yes, you know the type. No matter what awesome planting, weeding and seeding advice you have to give, theirs is always better.
Know-it-alls are prolific in gardening. Got garden envy? Do try not to let it show. Can’t help it? At least be selective about who you ask for advice. That is, unless you want a full ear you didn’t ask for. Some gardeners just don’t know when to stop giving advice. I should know. After all, I’m one of them.
I know my garden is truly awesome. Still, you shouldn’t let that garden envy get to you. I put my gardening gloves on one finger at a time. Actually, I hate gardening gloves. They just get in my way. That’s how awesome I am. Sure. I don’t even need gloves. I am super gardener! Yeah, right. I’m super gardener. Faster than a speeding rototiller. Able to leap tall turnips in a single bound. No garden envy here. Not even a little bit. I’m too good for that. Umm, OK. If you say so.
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