Gardening is a large part of my practice from April through November. We’ve got a greenhouse where we have maintained rosemary through the winter to harvest for homemade bread, and it also extends our garden season by several months each year. We’ve been eating baby kale since April. This year we also planted two cherry trees (we have 2 apple trees we planted in 2012) and so we are turning our backyard into a small fruiting haven. We also have strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and a ton of various vegetables.
We use soaker hoses on an automatic timer so that I don’t forget to water the plants, and it’s allowed the garden to be nearly self maintaining.
I hope you get a glimpse of the love we put into the plants who live at our home. We are fostering over 100 species of perennials in the hope that we can provide pollen for local bees in our city. The garden is one of the places that gives me hope in countering the massive planetary catastrophe we have on our hands from plastics, lead, pollutants, and the other garbage we humans have put into the environment.
I also hope to encourage others to turn their yard space into garden zones. And for folks without a yard, there is always pot planting options!