Episode 109: Spending Time in the Garden


An episode devoted to the garden, growing a garden, spending time with your plants and flowers, and feeling so much pleasure in the growth of living things. After all, you're a living thing yourself and you are growing too.

Deciding where your garden will be, building a little fence around it to keep rabbits out, laying down the watering system and paving stones so you can walk through it.

Wearing your big sun hat and sturdy gloves, using tools to break up the dirt and tamp it down again.

Picking out new seeds and plants to try, excited by so many delicious options.

The feeling of rich soil under your hands as you weed and plant, heavy and warm from the sun above.

Learning patience, how important it is to give everything time to grow and change.

When things finally begin to grow, a small leaf here, a tendril there, and then suddenly there’s so much greenery everywhere.

Watching the bees fly from flower to flower, doing their work, pollinating all the plants.

Finding yourself drawn to the garden, day after day, caring for it, enjoying being there as things begin to change.

Feeling the warmth of the sun overhead as you take care of the plants below.

Sitting quietly in the middle of your garden, watching the ladybugs, listening to the birds sing in the trees nearby, the wind blowing gently. 

Smelling the herbs that are growing, rosemary, mint, chamomile, each one distinctive and bright.

Enjoying beautiful things in the garden simply because they are beautiful.

Watering everything with a long hose, the water gently spraying over everything.

Waiting until the exact right time to harvest everything you’ve grown, an abundance of food and flavors that bring you joy.

Making a salad with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, all grown in your own garden.

Giving away the fruits and vegetables to anyone who will take them, sometimes having too much can be a very good thing.



Happiness Spells Podcast is a five minute list of all the greatest pleasures and smallest joys in life. Increase your capacity for positivity, curiosity and gratitude.

This episode of Happiness Spells was written, arranged, recorded and produced by Amanda Meyncke in Temecula, CA. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke