Friday, June 18, 2010

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots

Its a busy time at my bit of earth.

Its the time of year I relish.

I know I say this at the beginning of every season,
but really,
this IS my favorite time of year!

I can honestly say that I just loooooove dragging out
all the recipes, canning jars, kettles and pots...

and that I just LOOOOOVE
how my shelves look after its all done

...when the rose buds have been dried for winter pot pourri

the peas, corn and so much more are in the freezer

It takes an entire season (100 - 120 days)
jammed packed full
of bending, digging, shoveling,
raking, dry hands, dirty knees,
cricks and crinks in the joints...

...and It takes time to make sure the plants have
everything they need to grow healthy and strong

But I love it.
It keeps me moving
It makes be feel stronger

I'd keep a garden

...just to be able to look at it each day
...just to spend the days out in the sun and fresh air
...just to watch the small creatures it attracts
(even the ones I have to shoo away)
...just for the physical exercise it forces me to exert
...just for the satisfaction of seeing my shelves
all neatly lined with pretty jars filled with food
...just for the satisfaction of sipping the chamomile tea
I had coddled from from seed to flower

I'll keep a garden until the day I can't move
...and then I'll dream about growing a garden

My garden is my little bit of heaven on earth.
Its the best place to calm my stressed-out brain and body.
Out there is where I meditate
...and sometimes not on purpose at all.

It just happens.

It may sound strange,
but out there is where I feel I "belong" something bigger than myself some ancient part of what it is to be human something we've lost
...and to something I need to find again

I love the feel of roots

the look of shoots

The necessity of buckets

and the comfort of my OLD Wellie boots

And one day I hope I can pass this love on to someone else

Will it be Sophia?

or little Max?

or someone I've yet to meet?

or even one of my boys?

I don't know yet...
but I can't wait to find out!


  1. Oh my goodness ~ you are a hard working woman my friend! Good for you! I just have flowers in my garden but I do like growing different mini-tomatoes in 3 big pots. Other then that ~ it is off to the Farmer's Market for me every Saturday morning! :) I do enjoy making refrigerator pickles though and look forward to the cucumbers being ready to buy.

    It is so wonderful when we pass on that which we love down to our children.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend Vicki!
    xo Catherine

  2. i had lost my drive to garden this year. well, it has been waning a bit. it's hard to get excited when it's raining all the time (or just grey). i still have planted my seeds and starts, but the slugs and lack of sun has sapped me of my energy to garden. however, this post has given me the boost i need. thank you!

  3. oooh Vicki look at that Sauerkraut pot...reminds me of my Grandmother making her'll have to let us know now how it all goes...I think gardening is in your Soul, can't much closer to Earth than that!!! I'm sure your love of the garden will be passed down to somebody in your family!!! Happy Gardening dear Vicki in the Big Up Over...Dzintra♥x

  4. Awwwwww! Vicki,
    That was a beautiful post deep,and endearing, it tugged at my heart! I think alot like you about God and nature is soooo! much bigger then our junk! and the purpose we have here in life to find our selves with the mud between our toes :)

    Thank you for your visit to my place, and on a funnier side of things to leave you with a thank you for visiting me today and I hope you left with a chuckle in your heart and a smile on your face!

    It was about time I made someone laugh!

  5. I also love to garden but my efforts can't compare to yours :0) Lovely post Vicki, very "you" XO

  6. Oh yes the garden calleth! I have some plants to sort out too - so really I should be working outside and not here - just 5 more minutes eh? lol! Nice to meet you!

  7. Vicki, this is such a beautiful post. I love the thoughts and wonderful images. There's such a kinship of spirits between gardeners, which is why I love blogging so much. We understand each other perfectly well :)
    What a lovely sauerkraut pot that is. I'll bet the finished product tastes delicious.
    I can just see your precious little Sophia out there in the garden soaking up your enthusiasm and love for nature, plants and all that goes with it. And perhaps Max too when he's a wee bit older. Happy grandmothering and happy summer!