We are embarking upon that time of year when it’s all garden talk around here. So gear up! Steel yourself. These are good times. We’ve been busy in the yard the past six weeks, between bouts of rain (and snow) and colder temps, preparing garden beds for planting.
There was that five cubic yards of dirt to put in. Just for the record, that is a lot of dirt. A bit too much. Ahem. But you know boys and dirt. You would think we poured Skittles on the driveway, those kids were so excited. We had many helpers shoveling, digging, raking, and wheelbarrowing.
Yet even though today is going to be a full 80 degrees, Minnesota natives keep telling me “Not so fast. Don’t put those plants out yet.” So we’ve been doing a lot of indoor planting.
After watching my tomato and pepper seedlings grow in very slow ways, I finally caved this week and bought a warming mat and grow light. Everyone seems much happier now. It was another reminder to me that gardening, at least at the outset, is a long term investment. I keep promising Seth, as the receipts for dirt, seeds, grow lights, wood, and tomato cages pile up, that this is going to save us so much money. Well, in like ten years.
Yet there is another way it saves us money. Some women shop for therapy, or drink lattes, or read romance novels. For me, therapy is sinking my hands into the dirt and watching miracles happen.
If you’re looking for some good gardening books, “The Garden Primer” by Barbara Damrosch is the most comprehensive. I also love “Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louise Riotte which is all about companion planting. And if you want to sink your teeth into one of the greatest modern-day farming memoirs, I can’t say enough good things about “The Dirty Life” by Kristin Campbell.
Now go grab yourself some seeds and get planting.