Now that the temperatures are in the 40's and 50's, I'm getting back outside. It's time for general garden clean up, bit by bit. Pulling up dead plants, removing leaves, and surveying the landscape. There is some otherwordly weed growing; something tall and tenacious in this garden that I cannot identify, and I am not capable of yanking out. Note to self: Get help with that. It's time to lug out my old shovel and break up the earth a bit. Make it light and airy. After that, I'll add compost and incorporate it into the earth. Then it's time for good topsoil. I say hello to the faithful chives that come up every year in my garden. They're always there first. In an ever changing world, I can rely on my chives.
It's cathartic to clear out the garden...to survey the remains of your past, discard as necessary, and reassess. I think about what worked well last year and what didn't work well. What endeavors flourished and brought joy, and which ones were plucked away by the birds. And while it helps to reflect, I also know: there are no birds in last year's nest. It's a new year. Time to say farewell to the last one. Thank you for the lessons and the memories. What kind of garden do I want this year? What beauty do I want to bring into the world? What you contemplate can actualize.
As a gardener, you receive a lot of advice. Other gardeners make suggestions or insist on what you need to grow or do. This is fine. I just remember that it is my garden. It must be fulfilling to me. I am grateful for this sanctuary and a chance to begin anew. I won't look back too long; I'll go towards the good. And I can't wait to see what gets growing this year.
I would love to hear from you! What are you growing in your garden this year?