Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It's rather remarkable what one learns while gardening. I guess that's why Jesus gave so many parables about the entire process of raising food and tending animals... it gets to the heart of... our heart.
Recently I was talking to the smallest of the tomato plants in the raised bed which receives shade. I had removed the tall green structure from it to use on the cucumber plant which was growing nicely. Very much a case of "robbing Peter to pay Paul".
However, I was telling the plant that I will buy another large tomato cage when I could budget for it and apologizing profusely for having it grow with no support at all when my eyes happened to land on the three small tomato cages I had thrown in the corner of the garden last fall... after their failure to support those heirloom tomato plants (which were huge).
As I looked from the droopy plant to the unused and imperfect cages, the thought entered my mind that sometimes good enough is... well... good enough. While I do not really honestly consider myself a perfectionist at all, I do prefer the right equipment at the right time. But in this case when they are not in the budget... good enough is better than none at all.
So, I brought the best of the cages over to the raised bed and centered the small-ish tomato plant in its' middle and pressed the cage into the soil. I placed the plant's new growth on the areas of the cage where it could be supported better and it seemed that plant grew a few inches right then and there! It now had some support and didn't seem to mind that it was not as tall or important as the other plants... good enough was all it needed. :)
I must admit that stayed with me since then, I even told my husband I had learned a lot about the concept of... good enough. For I believe we (especially Americans!) are constantly being told that good enough is another word for giving up or even failure. It must be the biggest and the best and the perfect or whatever it is should not even be considered.
But when one is trying to do anything on a budget, then one needs to do the best they can and remember that there will be times for... good enough. Just ask my tomato plant.