Monday, March 02, 2009
give a little bit
I'm yearning for a garden this summer, small but robust. I'm thinking garden boxes because I live in a neighborhood after all.
I grew up pulling weeds in my Mom's garden, and then my Grandma's massive garden, taking direction, bristling under her gruffness.
She canned more than she ate, lining shelves and shelves for a day that never came.
We stood shoulder to shoulder last summer, dumping hundreds of jars of tomatoes. Such a waste: Time, land, and food.
I don't understand why she did what she did: hoarding food we had to pry from her, selling the mason jars at her estate sale.
It turned my stomach; I swore off gardening, this joyless compulsion.
I plan on giving what I grow. I plan on involving my kids, working together, our hands in the dirt.
That is, once I figure out what on earth I am doing.
Have a green thumb? (I'm so jealous.) SusieJ is giving away seeds over at her site, a great start to a season of bounty and sharing.