Rooting for Rooting
Author Margaret Atwood said, "Gardening is not a rational act," and I couldn't agree more.
I DESPISE, heat and humidity; I HATE being dirty and sweaty; and I avoid direct sunlight LIKE THE PLAGUE all year round. Let's not even talk about BUGS! And of course, I don't like any activity where I can't control the outcome.
There's absolutely NO reason what-so-ever that I should feel SO compelled to garden - but. I. do.
On one hand, I could say that it's a recent compulsion that stems from giving up all grains in favor of vegetables. On the other hand, I could say that it's been a very long time coming.
Twelve years ago, I was living in a crappy studio apartment in a downtown neighborhood surrounded by skyscrapers. It was one in a long line of crappy studio apartments in neighborhoods filled more with concrete than trees, and I wrote this in an email to a friend:
"I'm at the point where I need to find some peace. I swear, I literally cannot tell you when I last sat on a patch of grass. I need nature. Nature makes me feel 'grounded.' I've never successfully grown anything, and I'm not sure that I could, but I need to see green. I want to live someplace where I can look out of the window, and see a tree, and smell that good 'earthy' smell after it rains...someplace quiet where, for once after all these years, I can just sit and think. It goes deeper than wanting a quieter place with a garden...it's about putting down roots metaphorically, about forming an attachment to some damn thing in this world somewhere."
For the past decade, I have been seeing green, living in a beautiful, leafy neighborhood, and I do feel some peace here - but there's a difference between seeing roses and stopping to smell them, y'know? I still haven't sat in a patch of grass since I don't know when, and as far as being grounded, rooted or otherwise attached goes, well...it's a still work in progress. I don't know why, but I think that some dirt and sweat and yes, even maybe some BUGS, just might just change that.
As a novice gardener with a "black thumb," my primary goal in the end is to cultivate some patience, if nothing else!
That's the most personal statement I'm going to make here - the blog entries really are only about what's happening around the garden and my quest for fresh, organic produce. And though I write as if I'm talking to someone else (and obviously, it's live on the Internet!) this blog is not intended for a public audience. It's simply a place for me to document how my (hopefully soon-to-be) homegrown vegetables progress from plant to plate - and a creative outlet where I can root for rooting and put forth a simple plea to my plants (and/or the benevolent power of the universe on their behalf,) "Oh, please grow!"
That being said, if you happen to be reading this, and you're not me...well, hello! I don't Facebook or Tweet or any of the usual, social things, but if you're as excited about seeds sprouting or as grossed out by bugs as I am, then feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.