Politics in the garden too

Bean sprouting inside an onion bag to protect the young seedlings from critters

Worked in the garden the whole day. It makes time slow d-o-w-n. Moving from one task to the next. Planting, weeding, trimming, watering, dead-heading, transplanting, fertilizing (organic, of course). I even cut the front lawn. Still much to do. Endless adjustments and fine tuning.  With reward of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs all spring, summer, and fall.

But right now it’s the slowing down that is important. The focus on the present. The pulling out of the hundreds of morning glories so they don’t strangle the herbs, the cutting back of the mint (don’t worry it will come raging back), the culling of the anise hyssop (it’s everywhere), making sure the kale seedlings have enough room, propping up the tomato plants.

Working in the garden removes me from the deadlines and the errands, the commitments and the confusions, the frustrations and the complications, and after a few hours fresh solutions and resolutions sometimes appear without any apparent work.

But there are politics here too. We work to eat out of our garden as much as possible with little supplement from the grocery store every summer. It’s never perfect but we work to sustain ourselves as much as possible from our garden. (This means lots of vegetarian meals and the freezing and drying of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This summer I am going to learn to can.) We compost all year long so we fold in the detritus from the meals we have eaten all year to enrich the soil. In the twenty three years we have been growing a garden we have added about 10 inches of healthy and beneficial soil to the garden. We grow lots of heirloom plants (and non GMO) to sustain the variety of fruits and vegetables available. We save the seeds and replant the following year. (Many plants in our neighborhood were once part of our garden.) We are totally organic using fish emulsions and bone meal and other non-toxic supports to fertilize our soil. We water late in the day or very early in the morning to preserve water resources. We share the bounty of our garden with neighbors and friends.

So as time slows while working in the garden, I feel well-held by the healing acts I am committing for myself and for the planet. It takes work and a generosity of spirit to create and appreciate and share bounty.

Oh, and did I mention the tall Campari and soda post garden work followed by the leisurely shower?!!

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2 Responses to Politics in the garden too

  1. Jerome Bloom says:


  2. Amazing that you sustain yourselves (and the neighborhood) Imagine the possibilities if more of us did even a part of that work…

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