Make Like Arugula

I planted my winter garden boxes today. Sure, they don’t look like much now, but give them about two months, and we’ll be rolling in Arugula and Baby Mesculin Gourmet.

When I crawl around in the dirt with each seasonal shift, pulling out old plants and dropping in new seeds, I can’t help playing out the old worn out gardening metaphors. I think about how just one little itsy weenie seed that I can barely see in the palm of my hand will grow into something so beautiful and tasty. I think about transformation, and relationships, and ideas, and how powerful the beginnings of all those things are even though they seem so small.

Winter gardens are the best because they are so independent. We don’t need to water them or deal with any insect challenges (thank you, Rain). The frost just makes the kales better and the Arugula powers through it all.

We need to learn from the Arugula. When we start paying attention to our health, our intention begins like that tiny seed. If we stick with it, our intention takes shape and pokes through the top soil of our daily lives. Before you know it, it’s hearty and strong. The star performer taking over the garden.

Make like Arugula and reach for the stars.


About @jamieweil

Parent, teacher, writer, filmmaker, youth mental health advocate. Passionate about having new conversations surrounding youth mental/brain illness and suicide awareness. Author of YA novel, First Break, released Wednesday, October 10, 2018, World Mental Health Day. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and available for request through your local bookstore. New YA Novel, Intuition, to be released Summer 2019 ( Concurrently producing the groundbreaking docuseries A Crazy Thought, a sharing of hope and help from the voice of a parent and teacher ( Working with award-winning female filmmakers to bring about a new conversation in youth mental health.
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3 Responses to Make Like Arugula

  1. Katherine Wenglikowski says:

    Good to occasionally plant a bean crop in the winter to re-energize the soil (particularly important after you have pulled a crop of tomatoes out of the ground). Beans add badly needed nitrogen to the soil.


    Farmer K

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