Why do I garden? That is a question I’ve often asked myself, particularly in winter as I look out over the snow-swept landscape. I think of all the work involved—the seeds to start, the soil to work, the uncertainty of the Colorado weather—and wonder if I will do it all again this year.
That doubt lasts about five minutes and them I’m off planning my vegetable beds, filling the seedling trays with mix and ordering seeds—far too many seeds, at least 50 varieties. The seed catalog images and plant descriptions hypnotize me, and I have to try another heirloom tomato, an exotic Asian green, a brilliant zinnia. I know I don’t have the space for everything but that never stops me. [Read more…] about Gardening and the Soul