play with plants

Diary – 2nd Week of August … I Love to Play with Plants

Sometimes I wish someone recorded a behind the scenes reel of my life. It’s often when I reflect on the silly moments of things gone sideways that I laugh the hardest. It tends to appear as if I have a calm, cool, collected approach, like I know all the answers, and like my life is picture perfect. And while it has moments of all those things, it’s also disastrously funny and completely nonsensical too.

I was trying hard to film over the weekend and I dropped the tripod, broke the led light and lost the microphone and the chord for the phone. I can seldom find my headset for live calls or interviews because I never know what bag or drawer I put them in and the view of me frantically trying to find them is akin to a zebra running from a lion….picture zig zags.

I love to play with plants and grow food and I fail all the time.

This year, I have one lone cabbage and one zucchini, I have dill turning up where I didn’t plant it and beans trying to strangle my grapes. Those are just my mistakes or as I prefer experiments gone awry, I also have voles and japanese beetles to contend with.

When it comes to herbs, I am missing the best time to harvest my kitchen herbs and have watched as my echinacea flowered and been far too enamoured in its beauty to harvest any of it. I just couldn’t do it. And yes, I eat meat, so I get the irony in being too enamored by the beauty of the plant to harvest it because animals are beautiful and sacred too.

I was letting some nettle grow for soups and teas and my mom went to weed it without gloves. She got stung so bad not knowing what it was that her hands turned blue, an unknown side effect to me which is apparently common with Nettle stings.

I never did get back to the herb spiral to plant low lying herbs and so the lambs quarters and some sort of vetch (a plant that looked too dangerously close to giant hogweed or hemlock to keep) took over. You can’t see the beautiful design and I never managed to mound it up so the bricks are just lost in foliage.

I did manage to harvest a ton of lambsquarters from this fiasco and am in the process of dehydrating and blanching for winter consumption of this nutritious “weed”.

What did I get right?

Meh I don’t know I don’t keep score.

I know what feels good:

  • an excuse to go outside
  • an excuse to get down low to the ground
  • a way to talk to green spirits
  • a witness to bug and bird diversity I get to share with my son
  • hummingbirds visiting the many coloured flower blossoms that make my mom grin ear to ear
  • the conversations with passing by strangers on food vs lawns

And, of course, the moments when I manage to harvest a delicious food before a wild animal or bird beats me to it always feels good!

This weekend I had grand ideas about collecting seeds to start seed saving…..and then I laughed at myself (heartily) and decided I may save that learning until the winter when I have time to read and plan out what I planted with more accuracy and record keeping. This would at least help me know what kind of seeds I was saving, although sometimes I relish the magic of the unknown, especially when it’s green shoots rising up from the ground.

More and more it’s less about getting it right and about enjoying the behind the scenes that makes my life so beautiful.

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