And so it begins.

The first garden in the new house is planted. Just a few days shy of six months after moving into our new dwelling I have food growing in soil in my backyard again. There’s something settling in that…having food growing in my backyard.

I continue to spend most days growing other things: my marriage, my daughter, my career, the dust accumulation on the ceiling fan…but to once again have hope of the tastiest broccoli, of crisp kale five minutes fresh in my breakfast of bacon, carrots and egg yolks…I knew I missed working the earth but only now that it’s sneaking back into my days do I allow myself to realize how much I truly yearned.

Only one bed is growing, but I’m slowly adding more. Four more are built and waiting. Sticks, grass, and ash in the bottoms. Two bags of leaves transferred from hatchback to hatchback in the dark parking lot of a diner. Tree branches fell in exchange for a neighbor’s apple pie.


I have my work cut out for me, and for that I am grateful.


7 comments on “And so it begins.

  1. Robbie says:

    I totally know what you mean:-) It is a great feeling+ a thankful one at that:-) Look forward to hearing all about + watching it grow….it is a lot of work-I remember!

  2. Shannon says:

    Yea! You are doing better than me. We are FINALLY finishing the mulching tomorrow after another muscle-achy day cleaning up the yard. Garden is still behind the 8-ball…but it’s next on the list!

    • plumdirt says:

      You mean I’m not supposed to leave the blanket of leaves wet and solid on the lawn? 😉

      • Shannon says:

        Haha! You cannot possibly have as many leaves as I do. I let the leaves get wet before mowing over them, lest the dust of the mulch go right up my nose or in my eyes. I am so glad that the trees are all naked now.

        I think you know I’m too lazy to rake my own. I steal others’ hard work instead for my garden space. 😀

      • plumdirt says:

        I always knew I was saving leaves from a wasted life in the landfill, but it never occurred to me that working the system like I was was saving effort. Hooray for new insights! (I don’t rake my own yard either.)

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