The Sage: Wisdom from the Edible Garden

By Cole Alexander

An aerial view of the Edible Garden
An aerial view of the Edible Garden

As mother nature stretches free from winter’s cold slumber once again, the scent of distant flowers bring a smile to any face traversing nature. Bees and spring peepers venture out early, some of the first of nature’s symphony serenade the returning sun. Water flows unimpeded by the force of ice life swims through the shimmering pond once again.

While we’re not ‘out of the woods’ yet, the taste of spring is in the air. While the prospect of more frost is seemingly inevitable, life is on the move once again in the Edible Garden. Removing the ice kissed vegetable covers for the week of warmth, I’m delighted to report that a variety of Shanghai Green Choi, endive, lettuce, beets, kale, spinach, and broccoli have all lasted through this mild winter and are producing both greens for Isaac’s Café and flowers for the bees. The greenhouse continues to fill with abundant potential for germination as seedlings reach for the sun eagerly awaiting their transition to the Edible Garden, Issac’s Café, and this year’s Spring Plant Sale on May 20.Hoop House Greens 2-17-17

As within our own bodies and minds, nature is constantly changing. While we can’t predict patterns with absolute certainty, patience, reflection, adaptation, and attention are our tools for future cultivation. As we begin to celebrate the return of the sun, it’s important to remember that it’s still winter, and overextending too early can lead to feeling burnt out in early summer. Being reluctant to grasp this generous opportunity can lead to being unprepared for all spring has to offer. Flow gently like water with the building river of excitement and always plant seeds in the wake of your dance through life.Spinach 2-17-17

Gardening Tip: Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach can withstand some of the coldest temperatures during Kentucky winters; this year I left mine completely uncovered and there is absolutely no frost damage. I’ll make sure to plant a ton more next winter.

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