Jump starting summer.

February 1, 2015 § 3 Comments

 

Tomato seedlings.Remember the slap of the jump rope hitting the ground, your cue to run in and jump like heck?

For many things there is a jump-in-moment.

Like now. Here, the noisy flocks of robins are back.

Narcissus are falling over in the front bed, their flowers too heavy for their stems.

Sulphur butterflies are emerging.

And so I know it is time to jump in and start summer.

In case you want to start summer too, this is how to do it.

Burpee seeds.Begin with a mess of seed catalogs. You can pick seeds up locally, but the selection will be modest and you will usually get stuck with varieties someone at Corporate in some faraway city thought you would like.

So. Catalogs.

Perhaps because it was the catalog that always hung over the arm of my dad’s Morris chair (open to tomatoes) I would say that Burpee is the one you must have.

But quantity is important. A pile of paper catalogs is a form of wealth; ask any gardener. And they’re free.

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Walking the circle.

June 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

The European tradition of storytelling is linear—the main character starts somewhere and ends up somewhere completely different. This story-form views life as a tale of change and progress.

Native American stories walk the well-worn path of seasons and cycles that repeat.

I may tell linear stories, but in real life I prefer the native American story-form. Life walks a circle and I like it that way.

Take vegetable gardens. They happen every year—twice for the dedicated gardener, winter and summer.

I am now at the hopeful beginning of the summer garden season, a season that has risen again and again over the horizon of the year for me, and for my father, putting in Jersey tomatoes in Princeton Junction, and for my grandfather, thumbing pea seeds into the ground in Congers, New York.

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