Gardening is here, believe it or not
If you’re new to TDE, you haven’t seen many gardening posts. That’ll change as spring nears. I already have posts and essays in the hopper.
Yeah, I know: “Scheske, it’s 10 degrees outside and a deep freeze is on the way. You shouldn’t even mention gardening!”
A farming client told me a late last month that seed companies were already running out of stock. I went (ran) home that night and put in my order at Johnny’s.
About 1/3rd of my selections were gone already, and then it took two weeks for my order to arrive.
I gotta believe the selections are going to get more sparse and delivery times slower as the temperatures warm.
So it’s not too early to think about April, not at all.
There’s a great gardening book called “The Tao of Vegetable Gardening.” The author, Carol Deppe, applies Taoist principles (especially that of wu-wei, “not doing”) to the soil, but the book isn’t about Taoism. It’s all about gardening. The Taoism is rarely explicit, but rather merely laces, or informs, the book as a whole.
I like the book because it cuts against “intensive gardening” (my phrase).
When I read about gardening, authors often talks about plotting out the land, keeping planting journals, etc.
I don’t do that. During idle moments, I often think about gardening, but I rarely resort to writing things down, except for reminders. I rarely plan and when I do, I don’t follow the plans.
Which really cuts against my nature. I plan, scheme, think about the future . . . worry . . . to an embarrassing extent. I am an affront to Matthew 6:27.
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