Twas the beginning of April, and all through the land, seedlings were sprouting and facing the sun! This is it plant lovers, the beginning of another gardening season. Another year as a grower has arrived, and dreams of lush greens, juicy vegetables, and dirty hands have wrapped around my every waking moment.
I started seeds early and they have sprouted. I bought a greenhouse seedling starting tray and it has worked wonders. (Only $5.99 at Paulino Gardens) Most of the seeds have sprouted, and are doing well. I have tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, squash, and beets to nurse into life. My chives from last year are waking up, as am I, merrily humming George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun.
I hope to use this blog as a way to document my garden’s successes and failures. It’ll be a better way to keep track of my progress than relying solely on memory. I also hope to share my reflections on gardening. After all, any grower knows that gardening is about growing more than plants. It is about spiritual, mental, and body growth. It is feeling the sun’s rays all the way in your soul. It is expanding your intellectual knowledge of plants, species, soil and chemistry. It is developing stronger muscles, and welcoming the soreness of physical labor. It is about getting your hands dirty and playing, experimenting, reading, and feeling the passion inherent in seeing your babies grow. By writing this blog, I hope to capture glimpses of my progress, both as a gardener, a mother, and a person in this Earth, connected to the planet that houses her, to the plants that feed her.
Comments, advice, and general well wishes are greatly appreciated! Happy Growing!