Backache, Beets & Butterflies
by Jackie O’Hara
One Woman’s Journal of Becoming
I realize that I now have a new passion. Like other passions, it can sometimes border on obsession. I find myself thinking about my plants, researching and talking about them. If I am anywhere near plants for sale, I seem to be buying them. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on my budget. I know many gardeners who have been through this. My sister has mentioned to me, several times, how she “steals” seeds when visiting gardens. Now I am thinking about it too.
I am excited to have obtained a 20 x 20 plot in the Brewster Community Gardens. This plot will be a place for our family of four to grow lots of vegetables, cutting flowers, sunflowers and big pumpkins.
Tomatoes, Peppers & Mint wait to be Planted
Along with the vegetables, I am hoping to have some “community” time with my family. I made a deal with my two teenage boys – if they help their father and I, for one day, to get the plot ready for the seedlings we’d started in April, they wouldn’t be required to do anything else all summer. We really needed their muscles to get the job done.
The four of us worked all day, tilling and weeding. My sons never complained. By the end of the day we were all exhausted, dirty and covered in ticks. But then I began to visualize again: the beets, carrots, zucchini, squash, corn, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, and so on.
My sons have mentioned that they will continue to help in our gardens throughout the summer. I can’t wait to get those plants and seeds in the ground. I probably should have done it today, but I have to go finish the butterfly garden.
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Katie O’Sullivan’s Tomato crop Summer 2008
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