When researching the topic, it is interesting to note many scientists state there is no such thing as being left or right brained, and there is no relevance to our reaction to a task. They bluntly state this whole idea is a myth.
Many believe the entire brain has all parts working together for the good of the owner in whatever endeavor we undertake, whether it is fun or work. There is also the idea that the brain we are born with, combined with learning on many levels, makes the entire brain focus on things we are good at and enjoy doing.
Continuing that thought, the work we do and enjoy and may be paid to do is what really makes us tick. Another thought is if we have an aptitude for something, then isn’t that the same as using our left or right brain.
Therefore, it is up to us to decide for ourselves. Are we logical in our choice of proper gardening methods or are we artistic and creative in life and in the garden. What about folks who have talked themselves into the idea of having a brown thumb, and therefore excuse themselves from drowning or trying to teach their plants to get their own drinks if thirsty.
Driving around the countryside observing many gardens, we see examples of creativity in all gardens. Flowers, yard art and vegetable beds, we all decide and incorporate various methods along with a certain style into our gardens.
We teach our children to garden as we were taught by our parents, and they in turn learned from their parents. Thus, is gardening our own brain working with us, or are we simply parroting a life class taught by our parents. It is curious how our minds work.
Sometimes we attend a gardening seminar and discover a new method of doing the same old thing. This is exciting so we take the idea home in our notebook and incorporate it into our gardens. In action, the idea may or may not work in a precise situation as in our personal garden.
Much of what I do in the gardens of my life relates to choices learned from those I respect, especially my Mother and Grandmother. Other things learned are ideas collected through reading, studying, and seeing examples in the gardens of others.
For instance, neat and orderly gardens group various beds, whether flowers or vegetables into long shaped beds that allow a mower to swoop around them on an easy, speedy path. Others prefer separate beds where a mower goes around each, taking longer to mow.
Having a trellis or two scattered throughout gardens is a touch of creativity allowing vertical gardening, saving ground space for more plants. In addition, a vine, whether cucumber or clematis is an interesting feature moving our eyes upward. It is a choice we make.
Because many scientists now claim there is no such thing as left or right brain behavior, many of us simply have a garden we love and enjoy. One thing is certain, when we go into our garden, we always take our brain with us. That way we are certain to enjoy what we are doing.