Have you seen the movie or read the book, My Secret Garden? That was one of my favorite books as a child. In fact, I still love it.
Well, my secret garden has many secrets. She shares a few with me each year, and I think if I lived to be 200, I would never learn all her secrets. She only shares her secrets when I’m ready to hear them, and I’m kind of a slow learner. I have to learn a whole new language to really understand her secrets, and her language is full of subtle and beautiful nuances, so it’s not something I can learn all at once.
Another secret is that my garden is all about relationships -- and not just with me! And these relationships go far beyond the bees and butterflies pollinating the flowers.
She has a very complex web of relationships that I never see that allow the miracle of the garden to unfold. Although I’m somewhat aware of some of these relationships, they remain quite mysterious and magical to me.
Fortunately, I don’t need to understand all the complexity of this web of life in the soil. I just need to feed these little guys some organic matter, such as leaves and compost, and they do all the rest. I call these microbes my “compost buddies.”
Although I can’t see most of these tiny critters, I feel their presence. It wouldn’t be a garden without them. So one of the big secrets I learned was that what is happening above ground -- where we can see it -- is only the tip of the iceberg.
I just learned a new secret last night, and I’m really excited about it!
We all know that sound is vibration, right? Well, vibrations affect everything about life -- including plants. Scientists have played music for plants and discovered that they grow better with classical music than with rock music. (Makes sense to me!)
So my secret garden has a much broader range of relationships than I ever dreamed of. The microbes in the soil . . . the butterflies and bees pollinating the flowers . . . and now even the birdsongs creating the vibrational frequencies that help the plants take in nutrients. The healthier these relationships are, the healthier the garden is. Anything that affects one part affects the whole.
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.