Gardening season is well under way. Plants are in the ground, seeds are sprouting and mother nature is giving us weather that we dreamed about during cold snaps in winter. Even weeding is taking place daily. What more could a gardener ask for?
The answer my friends is sleep. Days start early to beat the heat. Once the temperature spikes, then time is spent indoors… still busy. After dinner, another push of gardening before it is time for another shower and then off to bed. (On rare occasions, I have been known to nod off while showering.)
Why so much work you ask? Well, for starters, I maintain an organic garden. No harsh, toxic chemicals touch our lawn, perennials, or edibles. Freshly picked produce can truly be enjoyed as I know exactly how it was grown and treated. But on top of the organic aspect, is the fact that we keep honey bees. Bees are susceptible to some organic substances and for that reason, we don’t spray for weeds. Corn gluten is applied to the lawn and the perennial beds as it acts as a pre-emergent. Does it work? Yes. Does it prevent all weeds from germinating. Nope. On our urban homestead, weeds are pulled by hand.
But besides weeding, there are other garden chores. Checking for insects. Gathering fresh herbs. Moving the chicken tractor around the garden. Turning the compost pile. Dividing perennials. Hauling mulch and then applying to various garden beds. Watering plants at regular intervals. Training hops on the trellis. Cutting back spent blossoms. Yes… gardening is work.
Yet, despite the long days, bouts of sunburn, and dirt under my fingernails, I couldn’t be happier. Gardening feeds my soul and brings a smile to my face. When I look around the garden at the end of a long day, I can tell where I have been and what I have done. I am satisfied.
But at the end of a long day after a shower has washed away the tell-tale signs of work, nothing feels better than crawling into bed. Yes. I am dirt tired, but I know that sleep will come quickly and that morning will arrive all too quickly.