planting a garden of love


as i lay here thinking about how i’m going to plant this year’s garden of love and remind myself to be patient.

to be patient with myself and the seeds i have planted. its been fun getting to know what thrives and jives and what doesn’t.

in my own way i have become a earth-land-plant scientist studying these seeds into harvest. it is a journey indeed.

this far, i have seeded tomatoes twice and bought a few starters to get the garden going. if i have too many i will give a couple away for someone else to grow. im thinking my sister, but who knows, they will be gifted to whoever crosses my path.

what i do know is, i started the first set and they did not make it.

i watered them too much and they did not get much sun inside. i can’t explain how sad it feels to lose what you started and so i was extra cautious and careful with the second set. y’all, they look beautiful and are thriving and jiving.

i also seeded sweet basil. oh how i love fresh basil. it’s a delightful and tasty herb especially on salads or on a fresh sliced baguette with fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes drizzled with EVOO and balsamic vinegar. what a perfect pairing.

i decided to include basil in the garden and purchased starters. it was interesting to learn there is a shortage due to the weather in Columbia which effected us here in the northern hemisphere. evidently, they have had severe rainy weather that has drowned crops and as a result, exports have been limited.

personally, when the local nursery shared that basil shortage is because it is typically imported from Colombia for the northern hemisphere, i thought there is more to this story. i am pretty sure the violence happening and exportation/importation is somehow connected.

as i drove around town to each garden center with no luck in finding basil starters, i decided i would seed some. the seeds are in the east facing window where they get good morning sunlight.

i am also starting cilantro and planted some green chili, zucchini squash, rhubarb, and a blueberry bush for now.

the weather has been inclement and i am thinking it would be nice to plant the rest of the garden. however, it hasn’t been warm enough, and the wind has been blowing just a little too much.

i will be planting the three sisters this year. with corn, squash, and beans i am planning to grow them in a pattern. we’ll see how that goes.

in addition, i will be adding cucumbers, beets, carrots, radish, watermelon, cantaloupe, broccoli, and cauliflower.

hope they all grow well and that we have an abundant harvest. harvest is one of my favorite times of the year and the love of gifting garden foods is all the fun when we get to see family.

as the planting season has begun here’s to wishing all you gardeners much love and abundance as we prepare for the 2021 season.

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