The next time you travel by road, observe the various ways in which people keep their balcony gardens. Some would be having the pots neatly arranged, the plants well-pruned, the garden area clean, the plant varieties correctly chosen – basically, a balcony garden that accentuates the beauty and homeliness of the house. On the other hand are gardens where the plants grow wildly on dirty pots; some of them not watered for weeks, dry leaves and stems hanging loosely – looking much like unkempt hair searching for direction in life.
You can judge the amount of energy that will be entering a household by simply observing the way the family takes care of its garden. When you grow a plant, you are actually nurturing a seed of energy. Your plant’s growth is directly proportional to the amount of care and effort you put in.
A badly kept garden indicates a family that doesn’t know how to manage its energy. The principle about energy that I have explained before in this column is that it should be managed. Else, the energy manages you. Ditto with plants.
When your balcony is virtually taken over by wet mud, and wildly growing foliage obscuring your view, your garden is in effect controlling the amount of time you spend in the balcony and the degree of enjoyment you derive there. In other words, your garden’s energy is controlling you instead of the other way around.
Your attitude towards energy runs through all the activities that you undertake to generate energy – like cooking, fine arts, even raising a child. A child, like a plant, is a seed of energy that you nurture. If you are unable to ‘manage’ that energy, upbringing is that much tougher a process.
So, if you have a poorly maintained balcony garden, try this:
- Prune the plants to confine it to below your eyesight level.
- Paint the pots.
- Clean the area surrounding the pots of wet mud and dry leaves.
- Make sure, the plants do not disturb you when you stand in your balcony. Wherever you choose to place plants in your house, make sure they are adornments and increase the energy in the area around them – both by way of colour and presence.
- Replenish the soil by adding manure. The principle is the same as reinventing yourself in life, by dressing up differently or taking up new courses. All these steps help to add fresh energy. Similarly, a plant’s energy has to be replenished.
- Practise crop rotation: try different plants in the same soil.
- Gift your plant.
- Talk to your plant. Studies have indicated that plants that are ‘spoken’ to grow better.
All these steps will work wonders for the energy in your house. A garden can be a wonderful source of energy. It all depends on how well you maintain it. When things don’t seem to be going too well in life and when matters generally seem to be getting out of hand, check your garden and the way your plants are growing. They will give you a complete picture of your energy pattern.