I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep
contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody
could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process
of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to
observe a hill of [...]
Weather means more when you have a garden.
There’s nothing like listening to a shower
and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
Do you remember the first seed you ever planted? Mine was a bean seed. I grew [...]
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Spring’s arrival is heralded not only by the sweet scent of blossoms and the melodies of birds, but the full choir of nature. Our yard is awakening a bit more each warm day that passes [...]
“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.”
~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe
March is nearly at an end, it’s time to look ahead to April garden chores. Though temperatures rise throughout the month, rain is the norm in many parts of the country. It’s important to remember not [...]
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
I don’t know why I let it happen every spring, but I do. The beautiful sunshine beckons me outdoors where I’ve longed to be all winter. Sowing seeds in warmed soil, relaxing outside with a book [...]
It’s wonderful to me that bees have this simple, age-old thing going on.
I knew when I heard the soft sound of buzzing it was officially spring in the garden. If the bees are awake and foraging what other proof could we demand? At once the transformation from winter to spring [...]
Have you got a problem? Do what you can where you are with what you’ve got.
Every now and then a random conversation will spark an idea for a blog post. Yesterday I mentioned that liquid kelp is a valuable and nutrient rich fertilizer for plants to a vegan friend who [...]
I like rain, actually.
The rains have moved in and happy outdoor seed sowing days have come to an end for now. It was wonderful to be out in the sunshine (in short sleeves no less!) turning over the winter rye and marking furrows for tiny seeds. The warm [...]
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
With the “official” first day of spring merely eleven (!) days off, it’s a good time to plan monthly garden chores. It’s helpful to keep track of progress and record [...]
“It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass,
just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
Every gardener has given thought at [...]