We say them a lot this time of year, the two most hopeful words in all of gardening.
These two words spur us to action. They revive our summer-weary souls. They lift our spirits. They give us hope.
What are these magical two words? They are small words. Just four letters in each one. Eight letters in all, plus a space.
But they are powerful words. Hopeful. Magical. Invigorating.
No matter how your growing season turned out, these two words will make you forget the disappointments, the heartache, the body aches, the challenges of whatever your garden gave you. Whether your spring and summer was long or short, wet or dry, hot or cold, it doesn’t matter.
With these two magic words, you’ll forget the bad and remember the good. You’ll be revived, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get into the garden again.
What are these hopeful words?
You’ve probably said them already, not knowing how powerful they are.
The two most hopeful words in all of gardening are…
Next year is when we are going to have fewer weeds, bigger flowers, larger gardens, more vegetables.
Next year, the rain will come when we need it, the sun will shine on the weekends and all will be right in our gardens.
Next year, there will be bees and butterflies on every flower with no aphids or leaf eating beetles and the birds will sing louder from the trees.
Yes, next year.
There’s still a lot of gardening to be done around my place, but already I’m whispering those two most hopeful words in all of gardening.