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If You Want A Garden . . . Plant Seeds February 24, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Nature, People.

IMGP1674Last fall, I received a packet of magic beans.

Stunning violet purple pods that turn emerald green after cooking.

I put the unopened packet on my desk and …

Nothing happened.

Until I planted them.
And watered them.
And applied fertilizer.

After I took the necessary action, the beans sprouted.


Once planted in fertile soil, they started to transform from hard pellets to lush green Royal Burgundy Bush Beans.

We are just like those magic beans.

If we want brilliant blooms tomorrow . . . we must sow the seeds today.

Aah . . . that’s better! Β 


1. Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 24, 2013

Very true, Nancy… I need to do a little work on my garden! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Here’s to weeding our gardens! πŸ˜€

2. Crowing Crone Joss - February 24, 2013

Bush Beans are a favourite of a friend and I love seeing them on the vines each year. Planting, fertilizing, seeing magic happen. Life, with all its intricacies, is good indeed.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Yup. It’s got its ups and downs, its ins and outs, its obstacles and opportunities.

But the more we “weed our inner garden” . . . the more able we are to rise and fall with the tides (without sputtering).

3. Jane Fritz - February 24, 2013

Lovely post.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Thanks, Jane! I’ve been sorting through books on my bookcase, many never read ~ an unopened book is much like a packet of unplanted seeds, its magic is locked away.

4. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 24, 2013

And it’s never to late!

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

So true! At the moment, I’m reading Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra. Some of the anecdotes are amazing ~ people in nursing homes, in their 90’s, started on a weight lifting regime with awe-inspiring results.

They are “turning back the hands of time.”

5. suzicate - February 24, 2013

Beautiful words and oh so true.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

If who we are today is a by-product of the choices we made yesterday, then it tollows that better choices today will result in a better tomorrow.

And exercise seems to be the “fountain of youth.”

6. Don - February 24, 2013

Imagine the amount of seed just waiting to be planted. The possibilities are endless.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

There are many ways for us to bloom more beautiful blossoms.

7. Tammy - February 24, 2013

Broccoli. My garden overflows today.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

You must have remembered to sow your seeds. πŸ˜€

8. kateshrewsday - February 24, 2013

Good point. This week I begin to sow an entirely new kind of seeds, some I am unaccustomed to, in a new place. Here goes….

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Best of luck, Kate! New beginnings keep us young.

9. Three Well Beings - February 24, 2013

Isn’t this the biggest truth in life! Honestly! I don’t know how we forget it so easily. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

We are silly rabbits at times. For example, we think buying the “diet book” or reading its pages will cause us to lose weight . . . forgetting that we have to apply “right action” to the equation if we want to see the number on the scale change. πŸ˜€

10. colonialist - February 24, 2013

Aha! Are you prepared to take it all the way, though? When the top of the beanstalk reaches the clouds, are you prepared to climb up and clobber giants? That is the real test of ‘follow through’!

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Climbing into the clouds would certainly provide a different perspective on things . . . with or without giants to share the view. 😯

colonialist - February 24, 2013

The giants are what provide the opportunity to get rich – or have one’s bones ground into bread!

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

So, what you’re saying is . . . giants are “bad to the bones.” πŸ˜‰

11. Grannymar - February 24, 2013

I did some planting and sewing today, but not outside. The hills were white when I woke and the ground around me was frozen, so my efforts were to plant some ideas for words.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Way to put your time to good use. Winter weather is perfect for hibernating inside with words. πŸ˜€

12. Tokeloshe - February 24, 2013

Well said.
Just start!

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

And best of all, we can change the landscape of our lives at any time . . . just by weeding out our bad habits. πŸ˜€

13. diannegray - February 24, 2013

Beautiful, Nancy! I need to plant some of those seeds in my mind πŸ˜€

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Same here! I’m working to weed out the non-productive thoughts while sowing more sustaining seeds. πŸ˜€

14. Stephanie - February 24, 2013

Oh my. There’s only faint hope of spring and growing things here… BTW, I’m quite fond of a variety of purple beans called Romano Purpiat. They’re the flat kind, and also wonderfully purple.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

The planting season down here is a bit topsy turvy . . . gardens are giving up the ghost about the time we planted up north.

The first time I had purple beans, I was amazed when they turned GREEN after cooking. Fresh beans are so YUMMY.

15. barb19 - February 24, 2013

Anything worthwhile takes a little effort on our part, then we can sit back and enjoy!

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

No matter how long I’ve been “at it,” there’s always another area of life in need of pruning and weeding. πŸ˜€

16. Andra Watkins - February 24, 2013

I sort of miss having a little garden, Nancy, until I spend a day like today, riding around on my bike all afternoon and not having to work in it. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

I do miss having a “real garden” but my lemon tree (which turned out to be a key lime) has been fun. Whenever I need a lime, I go out and pluck one from the bush.

We’ve also planted pineapples (no fruit so far) in the courtyard and tomatoes and the purple beans on the back deck in containers. Our efforts are nothing like PiP’s garden in Portugal though. She’s got quite the green thumb.

Glad you had a nice day for a bike ride. πŸ˜€

17. Patricia - February 24, 2013

You are so right. Takes a little work to bloom…but bloom we will.

nrhatch - February 24, 2013

Bright brilliant blossoms! πŸ˜€

18. jannatwrites - February 25, 2013

Perfect analogy. I think I’m ready to be transplanted πŸ™‚

nrhatch - February 25, 2013

Ooh . . . exciting. There are things we miss about the places we’ve lived, especially the folks we’ve left behind. But moving around and transplanting ourselves has kept us from getting into too comfortable a rut. πŸ˜€

19. sufilight - February 25, 2013

You really got my attention! Will remember to plant and nurture the seeds I want to bloom in my life.

nrhatch - February 25, 2013

Yes! 2013 will be filled with transformation and transplantation. The path is unfolding as it should so I always know where next to plant my focus.

20. Perfecting Motherhood - February 26, 2013

I’ve got lots of seeds waiting for spring to be planted in my garden, and lots of seeds inside my head I need to plant soon or they’ll never grow… Starting a garden is the hardest part but harvesting is the most rewarding.

nrhatch - February 26, 2013

I enjoy the planting of good seeds and the harvesting . . . it’s the weeding that gets old. Especially when I seem to be pulling the same weeds over and over. πŸ˜‰

Perfecting Motherhood - February 26, 2013

That’s what my kids are for! πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - February 26, 2013

I knew parents had an ulterior motive for having kids. πŸ˜†

21. shreejacob - February 28, 2013

The amazing thing is, you have so eloquently written about some thing which have whole books dedicated to them! πŸ˜€

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

Thanks! I retain information better if I distill it down to its essence . . . a quote, an aphorism, or a short pithy metaphor that I can stick in my “pocket” and pull out as needed.

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