We have been busily working around here on the farm trying to plant our garden. With me being 9 months pregnant, I am not gardening….I am trying my hand at managing. It has given us a wonderful opportunity to delegate tasks to the children and stretch them beyond what they were doing last year. And for me? It has been good practice for me to let things go and not micro manage every little detail to my liking.
My country gentlemen prepared and planted a garden spot for the heirloom variety of corn called Country Gentleman. A while back they all planted potatoes, onions, cauliflower and broccoli that are thriving and growing beautifully. This week they worked on planting warmer vegetables like green beans, okra, cucumbers, squash etc.
Considering the season of life we are in currently, I am pleased with our progress, but I can’t help but be awed by the amazing gardens of history. Gardening has lost much flair and importance to modern man. Not too many years ago, gardening was an essential part of life. Even those who lived in “neighborhood” type areas had garden plants or fruit trees planted in their back yard. Historically, famous families such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James Madison had extensive gardens on their land. In the past, the White House was home to incredible gardens. As President, Andrew Jackson built an orangery to accommodate indoor, year-round gardening. That has since been demolished.
I love to visit gardens at The Hermitage and The Carnton Plantation. Of course they have full time gardeners working in them, but they are beautiful and inspiring to say the least.
Our garden here is absolutely nothing even comparable and may indeed turn into a jungle, but this year and this season in our life, a jungle that produces food, amidst the crooked rows and weeds, would at least be something.
Maybe I should start a gardening apprenticeship here?