I am an avid gardener in the Northwest, which can be somewhat challenging at times due to rain, rain, rain and limited amounts of sunshine. You learn to start your tomatoes indoors in a southern exposure window or greenhouse in February for any chance of a tomato by August!
Growing native crops is really your best bet. My most abundant NW native crops are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, potatoes, garlic, onions, artichokes, zucchini, pak choi, dino kale, ranier cherries, Scarlet runner beans, sugar snap peas and rainbow chard. These are some of my favorites because they are so successful here.
Yet I just can’t resist growing plants like beets, corn and tomatoes, which would really love to have more sun. I’m always hopeful that this will be the sunny year they make it. 2007 was the last time I had a bumper crop of tomatoes, yet I keep trying. Cherry tomatoes seem to do better in the Northwest.
Now I have discovered a secret power for my plants, as potent as any fertilizer. I give my plants Reiki! Studies have shown that plants respond to talking to them. I believe it. I’d love to do a study on the power of Reiki to grow gardens because it has truly worked for me!
When I transplanted a Trillium recently, it seemed traumatized (Trillium do not like being transplanted). So I gave it some B-1 juice and talked to it about how honored I was to have it growing in my garden because “you are such a rare and beautiful species.” The leaves began to perk up a bit. Then I offered the plant some Reiki, holding my hands close to the leaves and flower. It seemed to absorb it and I swear the white flower was shining with a golden light surrounding it! The whole plant seemed to perk up and say, “Thank You, I am!”
As a bodyworker, I just love to garden, having my hands in soil and earth just seems to re-charge them with energy. It’s easy to add Reiki to my Garden. When I’m planting seeds I can easily hold my hand over the soil and seeds. Sometimes I will do the symbols I know from Reiki 2 class over my seeds or entire garden plot. Then when I go out to water and weed, I just spend a few more minutes checking in with my plants and offering them Reiki. It is such a peaceful meditation watching plants grow. I feel like they fill my well as much as I give to them.
If you are a Reiki practitioner, offer Reiki to your garden, houseplants or seedlings and see how they magically grow! If you are gardener who doesn’t do Reiki, you may want to take a Reiki class so you can try this on your garden, it’s cheaper than fertilizer in the long run! Especially helpful for gardening in the Northwest!
Some other tips I believe when gardening in the NW is to always buy seeds from local seed companies. When you buy seeds that were grown in Florida or California, you are just setting yourself up for failure, they don’t seem to propagate as well. Also, if you are going to grow from starts, make sure they were started locally, I like Rents Due Farms starts or anything you get at the Farmer’s Market. When you buy starts at places like Home Depot, they are usually coming from a greenhouse or a warm climate and they don’t like being transplanted into our cool, wet climate.
Some books I highly recommend for Organic gardening are:
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Edible Gardening for Washington & Oregon by Marrianne Binetti
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