What do you really need to be a gardener?
You need a place to garden, a plot of land. It could be as small as a four inch clay pot filled with dirt or big enough to be measured in acres.
You need some plants. You might start out with a handful of seeds or few passalong plants from another gardener, or maybe you are fortunate enough to have a truckload of nursery grown plants.
You need some tools. It’s helpful to have basic tools to dig, to cultivate, to prune, to rake, to water, to hoe.
Anyone can buy places, plants and tools and be ready to garden, but to really become a gardener you need more than what money can buy.
You need a desire to garden. With that desire comes a willingness to get your hands in the dirt, to sweat, to toil to exhaustion. And you need patience, a willingness to wait for seeds to sprout, winters (or hot summers) to end, flowers to bloom, trees to grow.
Depending on where you garden, what you grow, how you toil, you can get away without having some of the tools. Good tools do make it easier to garden, but a gardener will figure out how to garden without all of the tools as long as they have that place and some plants and the desire.
And that’s the secret of the hoe…
It’s not the hoe that makes a garden, it’s the gardener.
The hoe just makes it easier, as does a shovel, a rake, or good pruners.
But without them, gardeners will figure out ways to garden. They can’t be stopped. They’ll still toil and sweat and plant and make their gardens. And those gardens won’t be just collections of plants, those gardens will be personal spaces that reflect back the nature of the gardener.
Because, it’s not the hoe that makes a garden, it’s the gardener.