Friday, June 2, 2017

The Calm Before the Storm

The vegetable gardening bug has definitely bitten me. Up until this point in my life I focused mainly on perennials and houseplants mainly because veggie gardening terrified me. All of those neat little rows, companion planting, decisions to be made on which fertilizer to use and when… it seemed all so overwhelming.

However with my desire to eat healthier and to learn a new hobby, all I can say is..WAHOO!

I am so glad I jumped in with both mud boots on!

As I navigate this new found hobby I’m finding there are certain times that I especially enjoy being in the garden.
One is in the late evening.
I know my chances of being becoming a mosquito’s next meal are higher at that time, but honestly, having the garden to myself, (especially when my new garden is part of a 40 bed community garden)  and enjoying nature’s song as performed by crickets, birds and buzzing bugs, brings me great joy!

However, late evening is second only to my absolute favorite time in the garden: right before a storm.

This is my favorite time.

There’s a different type of silence in the garden, in that, even nature seems to quiet. There’s a coolness in the air, the storm clouds are slowly rolling in and raindrops fall and splat, watering the earth. If I’m lucky there’s a good half hour before the heavens open up, so I soak up each and every second. Earth between my fingers, new plant shoots reaching upward, and suddenly I don’t mind weeding out little invaders.

This is my favorite time in the garden.

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