POST: May 6, 2016
UPDATE: May 6, 2017
Just One Bite at a Time
Take nature with you to those weekend plant sales with Gut Gardening!

by The Mighty QL Duo

It's that time of year when plant-sellers tempt us with beautiful spring color and greenery, putting visions of award-winning home landscapes in our minds. Before you head out to the Mother's Day plant sales this weekend and end up at home with a carload of flowers and vegetables, we want to remind you to consult the expert! No, not the kid starting his summer job at the local nursery and not your local club's "master gardener" either, even if that's you. You don't have to be an expert in co-creative gardening, or any kind of gardening, to figure out which plants are going to bring balance to your home, yard, porch or garden this season.

Ask nature! That's your expert consultant.

We are about to steal some of Machaelle's words and share her very simple steps for beginning your consultation with nature. Then we'll tell you how to take nature plant shopping with you this weekend, so you end up with a garden, yard or porch that will make you and your environment smile.

Jumping in Fast and Easy with Co-Creative Gardening
(Excerpted from Chapter 2 of The Perelandra Garden Workbook)

You will be using your guts to forge a partnership and to work consciously with nature in your garden. This is easy. No PKTT (muscle testing) to learn and no testing to do. It's just you, your gut and nature. You may begin gut gardening with your already existing garden or start a new garden from scratch. If you don't have a plot of land, you may apply gut gardening to houseplants or potted deck plants or anything else you have growing in soil. All you have to do is activate your gut garden by doing this simple process, and then get on with your adventure.

Activating a Gut Garden

Step 1.
Write down the description and goals. That is, what kind of garden do you want?

Some examples:
A kitchen garden with vegetables and herbs that can provide fresh produce through the late spring, summer and early fall for my family of four (two adults and two children ages eight and twelve). These are the vegetables my family won't eat and these are the vegetables my family loves: (write down each list of vegetables).
Potted deck plants filled with flowers that I will be able to maintain easily with my hectic schedule that includes working full time, taking care of our two kids and volunteering once a week at the local health clinic. I'd like my deck and these flowers to give me a quiet place to rejuvenate and regain my balance.
A culinary herb garden in the south window of my apartment's kitchen. The counter space at the window is 1 foot x 3 feet. I'd like it to include a flower or two for color.
I'd like to fill the space along the walkway to our front door with flowers, herbs and plants that make our family and visitors feel welcome when arriving at our home.
I'd like a garden by my front door that will repel whacko political campaign door knockers away from my house!

These are examples to give you an idea of what to include as you describe your "garden" and its goals. You are giving nature the definition, direction and purpose of your garden. This is what nature will be using when giving you the information needed to choose the plants for your garden.

Have your goals written down? You're ready for . . .

Step 2.
Find a quiet spot, get comfortable and say the following aloud:
"I want to activate a Perelandra Gut Garden for working consciously with nature and I want the following goals to be the focus of the partnership. [Read aloud what you wrote down in step 1.] I ask that all relevant input from nature be given to me through my intuition, gut instinct or any other manner that is consistent with a Perelandra Gut Garden."

You now have an activated co-creative garden and an eager partner who is looking forward to working with you. Congratulations!

Step 3.
You are ready to head out to the local garden center. Once you have the car parked, focus your attention on nature and say:
"I want to work with you to get the right plants for my garden now."

That's all you need to do. It takes about five seconds for you and nature to be connected. So wait the five seconds before you get out of the car and walk into the store.

Step 4.
Nature is now with you as you start walking the aisles of all those beautiful plants. This is gut gardening, so trust your gut. Nature will be working with you as you go. Choose the plants that jump out at you, metaphorically speaking.

Even if you are planning a vegetable garden, nature may include flowers and herbs in order to create a more balanced garden biosphere. It may even include a vegetable you listed that your family won't eat. For an herb garden you may need to include some flowers or vegetables. To achieve balance, we can't get ourselves locked in. In co-creative gardening, flexibility is key.

Step 5.
When you are finished and are about to drive away to do something else, say to your partner, "I'm finished for now." (And it's always nice to add a "Thank you.")

Wait five seconds. Nature will automatically adjust its connections and you'll be able to continue your day without dragging the garden around with you.

There you go. You have officially started to garden co-creatively, with nature as your partner!

Ready for more? Would you like nature's help arranging or locating your plants in the way that provides the best balance? Or get help with fertilizing and caring for those new plants? It's just as easy and you can use gut gardening for this as well.

In the spirit of keeping it simple, we want to remind you The Perelandra Garden Workbook, which includes an entire chapter on gut gardening, is available as an ebook for just $9.60. With the ebook, you will have all the gut gardening information right at your fingertips. And we've made this even easier with our Gardening One Bite Series.

Enjoy those plant sales!
Happy Gardening and an early Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there.

 ~ Jeannette and Beth
 Perelandra's "Mighty QL Duo"

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