Digging in Dirt

I knew it was risky. That I was probably jumping in too soon. That I could lose everything. But I couldn’t help myself. I absolutely positively had to plant something.

Rosemary

We topped eighty degrees in the Twin Cities on Sunday. There’s snow in the May Day forecast. Sigh.

I tried to stop myself, but late in that sunny afternoon, I broke. I grabbed my keys, jumped in my truck and drove straight down the street to the garden store.

Herbs

Two giant bags of potting soil and a cardboard box full of plants lately, I was in the backyard, hands covered with gardening gloves for the first time in more than half a year, digging in dirt.

Sage

I was sweating. And squinting. And oh-so-happy.

Pots of herbs

I planted kale and lettuce. Rosemary. Sage. Purple basil and lime thyme. All in pots.

Lettuce

And I learned a valuable lesson: watch your plants carefully when you have three constantly snacking hens living in your midst. Decimated arugula

I turned my back for a minute and Roz decimated the tops of my young arugula plant. I guess she enjoys the peppery greens as much as I do. Needless to say, that pot moved to the front yard.

Greens growing

Spring lettuce

I ended the day covered in a fine mist of dirt, pulling small sticks from my hair (how does that always happen?) and a slight sunburn. Now, let’s just hope my transplants survive a few flurries tomorrow. In May. Again: sigh.

5 thoughts on “Digging in Dirt

  1. Elizabeth, you are brave to be taking that chance, but I can certainly see why! Over half a year is a LONG time! I held back this weekend…maybe next week when it warms up again! Happy planting! (Go away snow!)

  2. Don’t feel bad…I got my flower garden raked and ready for planting….I told myself “the rain will help clean it up ……I started flowers inside! I got a hummingbird feeder and seeds to attract them (flower seeds) from my kids to celebrate my 2 yr.sobriety. rebirth dat

  3. Don’t feel bad…I got my flower garden raked and ready for planting….I told myself “the rain will help clean it up ……I started flowers inside! I got a hummingbird feeder and seeds to attract them (flower seeds) from my kids to celebrate my 2 yr.sobriety. rebirth date!!! Also a bouquet of flowers that lasted 3 wis. Had to get rid of them today ….Got some bird feeders up as well!!! All ready seen a cardinal, blue bird and a wood-pecker! I love spring!! ❤
    !!

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