Five Minute Friday: Growing imperfectly

>This is my first time participating in Five on Friday, a linkup over at The Gypsy Mama. Participants get a theme of the week, then sit down and write for five minutes, no editing, no backtracking. We’re supposed to write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Today’s theme is grow.

Here goes!

My garden shouldn’t grow.

I spent a few years avoiding gardening, though I longed for vegetables grown from my own hand. I didn’t do it simply because it seemed too difficult. I knew nothing of soil pH, which plants would grow best in my climate, how to prune and when to pick. I just didn’t try for fear of failure.

Then, I just decided to start small. One year, I jumped in. I got “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” and read it cover to cover, I researched online which plants would be successful, I followed the directions and did my research. This is how I do things.

When I planted, I didn’t know my soil was full of clay. I didn’t realize that the spot I’d picked only got 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The tomatoes were too close to the cucumbers and I didn’t cage them until it was too late.

But you know what? I had a bountiful harvest (by my standards).

At the end of that summer, I was giving vegetables away by the bagful to neighbors, friends, anyone who could take it. I stopped following the book after a while. I just watered and tended and even though my tomatoes became fungusy and the pumpkins got eaten by raccoons and the chipmunks ate most of the beans, my fledgling garden grew.

It wasn’t perfect, but it grew.

So why not write? I think now. Why not risk something and even though I’m not doing it perfectly, I’m growing. I’m putting it out there, and I’m trying. And who knows? Maybe I’ll get to harvest something one day.


Good grief, it’s taking everything in me not to go back and edit. 

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7 comments on “Five Minute Friday: Growing imperfectly

  1. Brenda says:

    >Welcome to 5 Minute Friday! Great post…you are brave, I am not a gardener. I can't get plants to grow for anything!!

  2. Stacey says:

    >I'm pretty sure you are already producing a harvest.

  3. Far From Perfect MaMMa says:

    >Welcome to 5 Minute Fridays! It was refreshing to read a post about a garden! Thank you. The veggies look yummy, even though they were not in the appropriate placement or soil…kind of like us though. If we are nurtured in a way that knows we are being cared for I think we will produce regardless of our surroundings.

  4. Kimberly Van Brunt says:

    >Thanks, Brenda and Stacey. 🙂

    Leah, I love that! It makes me think about how I'm nurturing my art, how I'm caring for it, and who I'm allowing to care for me. I blog and put it out there on Twitter etc., but I don't talk about it much to my friends or family in real life. Why? Because I'm afraid of failing. (Aaaand we have a theme. Of my life.)

    So, thanks for your thoughts, all. All of you help to nurture me!

  5. futurehope says:

    >Oh I can so relate with how hard it is not to edit!!! I struggle with that too :p

    Love this post though, there is much beauty in imperfection and it just show cases Gods greatness and grace for us. Love it! Wonder ful post <3

  6. Kimberly Van Brunt says:

    >Thanks futurehope! I know — my finger was itching to select a few words and change things around… argh! I don't send two-sentence emails without re-reading and editing a little bit. Good practice for just letting the words flow, though.

  7. Julie says:

    >Hi Kim,

    I'm so glad to hear from you. I know you will love the small Africa. We love ours! E-mail me at, and we can figure out the small Africa! (I can get your address, and such.)