This gardening experience has been quite the adventure. Natalie and I feel like we are exploring uncharted territory, even though gardening is something almost intrinsic to the human experience. Gardening might be as ancient as human language, but it feels new, fresh and almost radical to us. We grew up buying food from grocery stores and now we are growing it from the ground. It is empowering, thrilling and beautiful.
It sounds simple: putting a seed in the ground and letting it grow. But there is so much more. Most of our decisions and actions taken in the garden are based on common sense, good guesses and things we have seen other gardeners do. Books can only answer so many questions. But despite our newness and ignorance, things seem to be working. Plants are growing.
Tending to a garden has certainly brought out the tender spirit in me. Yesterday, we left our little tomato plants out in the cold frame overnight for the first time. As we were driving away, I kept asking Natalie, "do you think they will be okay?" I feared returning the next day to find dozens of dead tomato plants, killed by the cold. (They survived!) And on windy days, I catch myself wondering about our tender sugar snap peas, dangling on for dear life to their trellises. I believe that gardening is as much being a good care-taker as it is knowing what to do when.
Vegetables need a lot of love.
i do not know if this is true for you, but when i step outside after a long day, i almost always feel better. it could be a walk around the neighborhood, a bicycle ride to the park, a hike on a nearby trail or time spent in the garden.
but lately, it has been hard to find or even allow time to take a deep breath, quiet the mind, & simply enjoy the peace of being outside.
friends, i'll be honest. in the last few months, i've felt mentally, physically, & spiritually dry. i think it has something to do with the fast pace of life that i've created, the many responsibilities i've taken on, & the guilt of not doing my absolute best.
so when it comes time to really living life, i find that peaceful time to be unnecessary & instead- check off something from my to do list while feeling a false sense of, "i've got my stuff together! i'm feeling alright."
& i've noticed this in others around me. so i wonder, is life really about its accomplishments or truly, once we dig deeper, is life about cultivating? in the people, in the experiences, in the passions, in the creativity that makes up life?
it must be the latter.
so, i'm determined to make change in my life. & a small step in that right direction involves cultivating experience with my favorite person in our garden.
we are weaving trellises, sowing seeds, shoveling compost, molding beds, digging deep & getting dirty. we are reminding ourselves with each hour spent in the garden that this is what life was intended for.
because simply put-
this time of year, this season of growing truly is...