Where Are You Most YOU? #nablopomo

Today’s prompt from Nablopomo is – When or where do you feel most like yourself?

At first I was tempted to say “no where” and that made me feel sad momentarily.  Then I remembered I do have a place and an activity where I feel the most me.  A place where I feel like I belong; where my knowledge and passion come together and actually have results.  I am most me in my garden.


When I first started gardening I tried to do it all – flowers, bushes, trees, among other things and a vegetable garden.  A few droughts and a broken down well line made watering all my new plantings almost impossible.  It killed my desire to baby floral plantings. There were a few shade gardens where I have my prized hostas that have survived through the years.  They bring me joy because they are right up next to the house and we can hummingbirds feed from the flowers and catch mosquitoes with no more effort than looking out the window.  The coral bells in between the hostas bloom early and bring the little birds to feed sooner in the season.

I shifted most of my efforts to vegetable gardening almost solely for the past three years.  Every piece of scrap wood, old fence post and giant nail I could find tucked away in our outbuildings from the previous owner went into building raised garden beds… all…. by… my… self.  My husband hates them because he says they’re ugly.  But they were FREE and hiding behind the outbuilding so who the heck is going to see them anyway.  When everything is fully grown and in bloom no one would give a rat’s patootie what the wood underneath the plants looks like.  Don’t get me wrong I so want to get actual cedar or even nice 8x12x2 pine boards to put together deeper raised beds, but for now I HAVE A GARDEN!!!!

I have a compost heap and even a vermicompost, wintersow and start seeds indoors.  It’s a science and I love it.  I just recently had volunteer tomatoes and strawberry plants and some mystery plant pop up in a repotted basil plant’s pot.  To someone else it may seem silly but to see them popping up gave me such joy.  It was amazing to me that these seeds were living in the vermicompost “condo” for months freezing cold.  As soon as they got water and sunlight they burst to life and it made my heart soar.

I love being in the garden with my girls because I can teach them about our Creator.  They ask me questions about the soil, the plants, fertilizing, watering, flowering and everything else.  They each take their little trowel and dig into soil looking for earthworms.  It’s so funny to see the joy they get out of feeling the worms squirm on their hands.  They have their own garden where they get to choose what to grow and are in charge of watering and harvesting.  So they get to learn about science, conservation, and reusing.  Best of all they get to hang out with me outside.

So, yes, I feel the most ME when I’m elbow deep in the dirt in my vegetable garden.

Where do you feel the most yourself?

13 comments for “Where Are You Most YOU? #nablopomo

  1. March 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I like gardening too. I think it’s a great hobby because you become one with nature 🙂

  2. March 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    You remind me of my dad…this is his passion and he whiles away hours doing what he loves most- growing with his own hands…it’s very powerful! I’m trying to learn to do it too, and last year grew an organic lettuce garden 🙂
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    • March 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

      It’s so nice to be able to go out to the garden just before your meal and pick up fresh, organic produce to eat!

  3. March 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    When I’m home is when I’m most like me where I can be myself.
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  4. March 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I’m really looking forward to getting my garden going this year. First place that comes to mind for me is the camp that I grew up going to in Girl Scouts. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve been there, though!
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  5. March 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I really hope the summer isn’t too hot here again as last year we couldn’t have a garden due to extreme heat. It is a nice stress reliever!!
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    • March 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      If this years summer is as pleasant for us as last year’s was I’ll be happy. I barely had to water and we didn’t have severely hot days. Hope your summer is more mild.

  6. March 9, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I feel like myself the most when I’m at home or partaking in the beauty of nature. 🙂
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  7. March 10, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I feel most like the real me when I am out camping with my boys. Something about being in nature and exploring just makes me happy to be alive.
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  8. March 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I’m so jealous of that garden … I’m beginning to think I have a black thumb.
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    • March 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Believe me it wasn’t always like that. It’s even bigger now but when I first started I had flats of seedlings killed by damping off and plants out in the garden that looked so sickly they weren’t worth the dirt they were planted in. It took years of practice, trial and error to get things to grow organically. Keep trying and one day you’ll have a beautiful garden :).

  9. March 10, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I am most myself when I am at home or at dance 🙂
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  10. March 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I wish I could garden. I just planted 3 plants and I’m hoping I don’t kill them. I guess I’m most “me” at home with my family. I’m comfortable with them and that makes me happy.
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