Thursday, February 28, 2013
Nature Ain't Reading My Calendar
I don't know if I speak for other gardeners and farmer sorts, but I think the unpredictable frustration is part of what gets us hooked. We just never know what's going to happen. This time of year always reminds me of my late Grandpa Darrell--he was a plant-early-take-risks sort of gardener and I remember many chats about frost damage, replants and battles with time and weather. I must have got the bug from him as I am forever taking chances, wrangling disappointment and wondering what to try next.
It is good to be reminded that I'm not really in charge--I may have bursts of control and the best of intentions, but in the end, there is a natural world that doesn't operate by my check lists and datebook scribblings. Damn.