Slow Growth (and how miserable it is)

Hey world, I got it in my head about four weeks ago that it would be a great idea to plant an herb garden!

I am typically a dive in headfirst without checking the water kind of person. SO the fact that I waited a whole 4 weeks to get these herbs growing was actually pretty impressive.

I read articles and found the plans for Gabe to build me a 4 tiered planting box. I talked to friends who have successfully grown plants and got their advice on where and what to grow.

I did the research and took the time to plan and then I dove in. The kids and I put on our new gardening gloves and we got to work.

Now I have a planter full of dirt and seeds sewn and it’s been 4 days and I am salty about the fact that I don’t get any immediate growth from these herb babies.

I was raised in the instant gratification generation. I am used to quick results, quick deliveries, quick everything. The concept of waiting is something I have never been good at and I have never intentionally learned how to do.

I know this about myself. I know the way my stomach turns and my irritation flairs when things don’t move quickly. I know that I have let myself live with an unreasonable expectation of speedy results for too long. This is why I went the seed route instead of using starter plants.

I remember feeling this way when I was pregnant. After those pink lines on the pregnancy test came through, it was weeks of wishing things would move faster and daydreaming about getting to the end of the third trimester. Pregnancy was my first real experience with waiting, with having no control whatsoever when it came to timing and the growth of my babies.

Lessons from a newbie herb gardener (4 days in):

  1. It does not take talent to plant herb seeds.
  2. A big part of gardening is waiting.
  3. I suck at waiting.
  4. It’s not rocket science figuring out when to water/not water seeds. If it’s moist, it’s good.
  5. I think no. 4 is true, but we will see if I end up with herbs at the end of this endeavor.
  6. I need to figure out what to do with these herbs once they grow… no wait, one step at a time – I need to get them to grow first.

So all in all, this is a big ol game of waiting now and I’m not loving it but maybe that is the point.

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