All the little seedlings have moved to the garden. We started some early and some late, but all of them seem to have survived the seeding and then the transplanting. It always feels a little scary when you plant the seeds. You put them under the earth and then it’s up to Mother Nature…amazing as they push through all the cover to begin this journey. It’s that unknown part of life where we just continue to wonder at the “largeness” of it all. There is something incredibly happy about a garden. It is as they say “the salt of the earth”. Where else can you create, nurture and release. Its therapy, Prozac and meditation all rolled into one spectacular event…
So this year at Garden In The Koop, we are beginning our Seed to Seed garden. We start with a seed and will harvest the seeds and next year those seeds may be in your garden. For us it’s all about the celebration of the garden and what better way than to keep the garden growing. Garden to garden seed to seed, it gives more meaning to celebrating the garden and the food we eat. Heirlooms and incredible edibles-that’s our gift.
Every year, year after year, it’s a learning process. Too wet, too cold, to dry, too late- all of it happens, but the garden keeps growing. Less tomatoes, more lettuce, earlier turnips, but still a garden; lessons a lot like everyday life-continuing, growing, changing and accepting-all part of life’s garden.
This year, according to the almanac, we will have a “drier spring and a cooler summer” (at least for the Southeast) we shall adapt- more beans? Less watermelon? See never a dull moment. All I know is that this year the garden has been more fun, more creative, more like popcorn-always new ideas. We have the Giggling Garden growing this year-Tiger melons, Casper Eggplants, Leprechaun lettuce, green zebra tomatoes, it all here. See why we love what we do? So check back-it will be a wild and wooly ride this year, but at the end we can promise you a feast!