To the uninitiated, this would seem an odd time to talk about the garden, but for those with the itch, this is our hidden season. The one full of seed catalogs and vegetal dreams and grandiose plans.
First of all: this balmy “winter” made it possible for me to finish bagging my 58th through 65th bags of leaves in mid-December, long after the yard waste truck stopped trundling through on trash day. (I dumped them on the sleeping vegetable garden. The worms will thank me later.) The unseasonably warm weather makes me think I should get a jump on the spring cleaning. For example, herding the pots of probably-dead plants tucked throughout the garden, terminally waiting to be planted. Or picking toys out of the sandbox. The ones that haven’t filled with water, frozen, and burst, that is. Those can stay and provide some color to our brown winter.
Second of all: I received my first SERIOUS garden tool as a gift from my husband this year: Felco hand pruners. This is the kind of tool you wipe clean after every use and even oil and sharpen occasionally. I got a cool leather sheath for it and even a tiny tool that is supposed to help take it apart (it’s rather wee; I am in doubt). Monster thistle, you watch out! Now I’m cooking with gas!
Speaking of gas, my husband got a flame-thrower thingy from a friend who understands his manly need to torch offending vegetation. Why bend over and pull a weed when one can simply push a button…? No I am not sneering. My inner villan is rubbing her hands together with glee!
Thirdly: I renewed my Mother Earth News subscription today. I freakin’ love that magazine. When I discovered it several years ago, I was floored. Here it was, the magazine of my people! I didn’t realize so many other people thought like me — all DIY and loving the planet and homesteading and more liberal than the liberals — and I live in a college town.
Just goes to show… we aren’t alone. Ever. We aren’t even all that unique (having kids made this really clear). If you have a thought, someone somewhere is thinking the same thing. And we haven’t even touched on the multiverse.
It is amazing to realize how many friends are out there that you haven’t met yet.