Gardening and Blogging

July 18, 2015

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I talk about my garden often here, and the weather too. The two go hand-in-hand, I think, because the more time I spend in my garden, the more I consequently notice the extremes in temperature, the rainy days, the untimely seasonal shifts and the nightly lows. I can recall for you what I remember of the weather back in 2009, the first year Matt and I took shovel to soil and grew our first garden. That summer, we had at least two major thunderstorms. One of which was particularly memorable because it came out of nowhere. The sky had been clear blue, not a cloud in sight, and we had been out planting our somewhat sad, leggy heirloom tomatoes seedlings.

Images taken back in 2009.
Suddenly our neighbor appeared out of nowhere to warn us of a bad storm coming our way. I can recall that I looked up at the sky, and thought, Huh? Is this a joke? There was nothing but blue sky and bright sunshine above us. I had to really squint my eyes to make out the ominous clouds coming towards us in the distance, but sure enough, shortly after my neighbor left, I began to feel the breeze pick up speed and the air cool rapidly around me.

It took a moment to buy into the reality of the situation, but we eventually, and somewhat reluctantly, began collecting our tools. We actually tried to cover our tomato seedlings with little plastic cups, which led to a mad scramble to retrieve said cups once the wind picked up. We barely made it to shelter before the black clouds had completely taken over the sky. I remember parking my lawn chair down next to Matt's in the doorway of the garage with just my feet dangling out in the rain, beer in hand, soaking up nature's performance with the bending, dancing trees, the pouring rain and the booming thunder.

The Plants Survived the Rains
Soggy tomato plants from 2010.
I can tell you in 2010 it rained all June, and by the time our tomatoes finally ripened in September, they were already showing signs of blight. I can tell you that the year after, 2011, was a good tomato year. It was a good year for container gardening in general, and I know this because I remember teaching myself to knit every day on the back patio amongst my growing vegetables and flower pots during the months and weeks before our wedding day, which, since we’re on the subject, was a beautiful 90 degrees – one of the warmer late summer days of the year.

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This year will stick out, too. The year Ella was born. The year we had no winter, no rain. Part of me remembers some of these details about the weather simply because they were memorable. But I know myself. I know I have a terrible memory, and that the real reason the details remain sharp is because I garden, and because I write about and photograph my endeavors with the soil. It seems like such a simple thing, really, but the memories and associations that come from planting and harvesting and eating garden food are important to me. They remind me why blogging matters so much to me, and why I want to make more of an effort to keep my presence here alive.

I know some of you have been wondering and asking if I'm still around because I haven't posted as much in the past year or so. The answer is yes - this little space of mine is too important to abandon. For those of you that still read, thanks for stickin' around. I might not be as frequent here as I once was, but I'll try to do better. And for those of you who want more frequent updates, I'm pretty active on Instagram these days, so please come say hi.

4 comments:

  1. Glad you are still blogging! Be encouraged! Your photos and life snapshots are always poignant.

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  2. It's lovely to see you back.

    I had a wee laugh for myself when you said 'it rained in June' there, because living in Scotland means that as well as raining for a good portion of june, July and August, it has snowed here in July on occasion.

    I notice the weather, but for different reasons - I commute along a coast line, i work in the community so I'm out and about a lot.

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  3. Your garden photos look so lush and gorgeous! Maybe by next summer Ella will be in the garden with you 'helping' with everything :) I always have great plans with gardening and then lose steam in summer and don't water consistently enough.

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