A Vacation From The Coronavirus

Minnie in the barn

Today I started to think about what I want to grow in my vegetable garden this year.  I’m thinking of some early greens.  Growing vegetables seems different to me this year.  I wonder if we’ll have our farmers market and if the vegetables that are usually so available here in the summer will be this year.

I’m sure the farmers will find a way to get their vegetables to us even if we can’t have a farmers market.  It’s already happening at the Bennington Farmers markets where people are pre-ordering baked goods and other things they sell throughout the year.

But I also think all my gardens are going to be even more important in my life than they usually are.

Today, raking the garden beds took all my energy and concentration.  It was like I was on vacation from the Coronavirus. It made me feel healthy to plunge my hands into the muddy, decaying, winter soaked leaves that mulched my gardens all these months.

And then, when I went into my studio after working outside all day I saw the scraps of fabric on my work table and they looked different to me then they did this morning when I couldn’t figure out how to make them work together.

I moved a few of them around, easily arranging them so they actually looked joyful to me.

8 thoughts on “A Vacation From The Coronavirus

  1. I have been thinking about what to plant in my garden this summer to. From spring to fall we eat from our gardens. I have purchased my potatoes already. Hope to order my seeds soon also. Lettuces, beets, green beans, yellow beans and my dry beans. We also plant tomatoes, corn, and cabbage. Have you ever ate kohlarabi? We like it raw but you can eat it fresh to. We plant mothers day weekend.

    1. Oh you have a much broader garden than I do Marsha. I feel like I’m still learning what to plant and how to eat everything I do plant. I’ve never had kohlarabi. I’ll look into it.

  2. Working in the earth , planning for planting is good for the soul.
    I envy the space you have to grow your veggies.
    During WWll we had victory gardens. We lived at my grandmothers while my dad was overseas. The string beans in our victory garden were enormous. I thought they were the tallest I’d ever seen. Looking back all these years I realized that the beans weren’t that gigantic, it just seemed that way because I was so small!
    I was looking at Minnie in your photograph and it seems like her left eye is draining. Is she okay? I hope so; she is such a brave, hardy, resourceful cat. I love her.

    1. I keep thinking of the Depression and WWII stories, I heard from my parents Jane. A Victory garden is a really good idea. And because Minnie can’t scratch herself with her back leg, she often scratches it on something else and it gets irritated. Last time we had her at the Vet they said it was fine.

  3. Kolarobi is similar to cabbage, but a little different in flavor. As I said we eat it raw or can be put in soup. If it gets too big, then I shred it into coleslaw. They are best eaten when they are smaller and more tender. This is a very versatile plant. If I lived closer, I would share a couple of plants with you and Jon. Your yard is so very pretty. I am looking forward to more things coming up this spring.

    1. I experienced that with Brussel sprouts this year, the smaller they were the tastier. The peepers came out last night too. Not a lot, but they’re out again tonight.

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