it’s so windy today! the sun shines, when it can find a spot to poke through the clouds that seem like they’ve hanging around for weeks. planting is a spritual activity for me that i miss now that everything is in and up.
joy comes differently during growing season. planting is physical. it wears out gloves and wrecks my hands. my arms get stronger. it is a garden-wide activity that ends with the placing of a single seed in a tiny hole. it is trust, hope, faith.
growing season brings great moments of surprise and wonder, concern and care. the big bulge that formed overnight just behind the pumpkin flower. the sudden breakout of blooms on the cantaloupe. the potato leaves are wilting - is it close to harvest, phosphorus burn or a symptom of something else? why has the bottom of the peas turned blue - is it that close to the end of harvest? the crop of bush beans is reaching full production and the pole beans have reached the top of the trellis and are groping for more.
and tassles are on the corn. well, they are in the corn, wrapped in unfolding leaves. moments of change, that’s my joy in growing season. when an emergent breaks through the soil and the seedling spreads its leaves. the corn has tassles. the garden is going well today.