Hortiphobia is a fear of gardening. It usually stems from a propensity to avoid tedious work, but some are coupled with “unresolved” tendencies that are rooted in notions that prevent clear and simple contingencies. These fears can grow out of proportion and interrupt fruitful exchanges and endeavors.

Now let’s simplify things. What are you really afraid of in the garden: snakes, lizards, spiders or weeds, thorns, wisteria? Maybe you are apprehensive about pruning or transplanting or fertilizing. Do you neglect watering by waiting on the rain? Who cares if the lawn is mowed? Maybe you would rather not sweat, or perspire? Ha! Ha!

Sweat is sweet when fulfilling a task

Listen, examine, is that hard you ask?

Yes it’s tough to plant a tree,

Especially in the heat of day you see.

Why not plan your tasks in the cool?

Reward yourself, remember school?

Do your job the best you can,

Complete it well, now you’re the “man” (or “woman”).

So how do you overcome hortiphobia? According to WebMD Inc. a phobic person needs correction in thinking. Deep and slow breathing helps one relax and prepare to rethink their fears. “The more you know,” says Herskowitz, the less you imagine.” (MedicineNet.com)

The Apostle Paul told Timothy: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7, NKJV). The gospel of Christ Jesus gives life.

Make your soul “blossom” by replacing fear of gardening with love and hope for a fruitful season by God’s grace, and make your garden have a destination…

Put plants in the ground,

Garden, don’t frown.

Breathe a little while

Express your own style.

Know what to do,

Step one, then two.

Plants in the ground,

Share love all around.

Tommy Taylor, Effingham Taylor, The Rappin’ Rotarian, March 13, 2010

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