When we think about gardening, one of the first things we think about are the flowers, foliage, or perhaps the plant has a unique looking feature. The one thing we don’t think about but is perhaps one of the most important things, is the soil.
You all know what soil is… It is the skin of the earth and the reason it is one of the most important things is because it is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth. Gandhiji once said, “Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals” Soil is not just something that is sitting there though. It helps me in so many more ways than the usual ones, one of my earliest memories is the smell of soil after rain. The smell gives me a sense of peace and tranquility.
As a child, I used to love to play in mud and soil while my mum gardened. It was the most important thing to me than to play with soil, feeling the different textures of soil with different amounts of water in it. Writing this, I know what I am definitely going to do today after finishing all my work. So, in short, though soil is one of the most complex things, in a way it is the simplest and gives us some unadulterated experiences.