“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for us is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.” [Wendell Berry]
Well, our garden is probably on it’s last hurrah for the summer as we do not have the time or energy to clean up weeds & plant a second harvest – but I think this year’s was our best yet. The kale, chard, cukes & tomatoes thrived and Sam even rescued our zucchini from some kind of invader. We have an enormous basil bush and I seriously wish I could bottle the smell to enjoy all winter long. Last year our neighbors planted sunflowers & it seems like everyone was inspired because this year we all grew a few and it was not only a beautiful way to add some “privacy” to our close little backyards, but also lovely bird feeders. Yesterday I caught a woodpecker snacking on some seeds only a few feet off the ground! And we’re still unearthing carrots & beets – nature’s candy!
While I wash crisp bell peppers and beets simmer on the stove, it is a joy to reflect on the creativity and life that a garden can bring.