Change is the foundation for growth, making it a frequent topic in life and this blog. Change is more visible during spring than any other time of the year, except fall. Out of the grey and barren landscape that we have known for months, springs an array of colorful flowers and scents erupt. The songs of frogs and returning birds fill all natural spaces, and vegetables planted in late winter start to produce. All too soon the weeds crowd in for their chance to feel the sun.
We can all feel the energy of life accelerating during this season, and with it the mounting list of projects and priorities. “Work smarter not harder” has been a message I try to incorporate into my life and especially in the Edible Garden every chance I get. With a never ending list of responsibilities, it’s important to have realistic expectations for projects, in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed in the face of so many changes.
The beautiful weather over the last few weeks has caused many plants to grow from the fertile soil of the raised beds. Seeds will thrive on these warm days and cool nights, especially with our abundant and gracious gift of rain. Vegetables like lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and beets are perfect for planting right now.
Vegetables and flowers aren’t the only plants thriving in this weather, as we all know the grass and plenty of weeds are making their way back into our gardens as well. We all know it can be difficult to stay on top of weeding to remove unwanted plants. Instead of spending large amounts of time meticulously pulling every unwanted plant, try pulling the most deeply rooted perennial weeds such as dandelion or curly dock. These two in particular go to seed quickly, and once established, can last for years.
Regardless of season, it’s always important to take a step back every day and appreciate everything your garden and the natural world has to offer. Even though seeds might be getting planted late, new soil hasn’t been mixed yet, or your garden is producing more weeds than vegetables, every aspect of the journey has a lesson to share. Understanding the importance of patience and gratitude can help turn a hopeless endeavor into a challenging learning experience filled with potential.