It’s gardening season!!! Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance!
Yessirreebob! In the desert climate of Arizona, it’s time to put those seeds in the ground. I get tingly all over just thinking about it.
Tingly might be overstating things a little.
There’s just something about getting my hands in the soil, helping Mother Nature with her tasks, watching the little nothings of seeds become shiny orange carrots, rich red beets, curly green spinach. Sure, I admit that it’s work, but anticipatory work. Work with an outcome you can see and that lasts. It’s nothing like doing dishes or laundry or mopping or any other sort of indoor chore that already needs redoing within hours, if not minutes after finishing.
I’d almost always rather be outside than inside. If I were rich I’d pay a glorious someone big bucks to keep the housework under control so I could frolic in the garden, mow the grass, plant bushes, trim trees, map out square foot plots of wonder and green stuff. I’d eat outside every meal I could, with a big shady umbrella for day time and candlelight in the evening.
Oh wait. I could do part of that now, without a house helper. Nothing’s stopping me from taking breakfast out to the patio table and breathing in the (finally) cool morning air of fall.
Surely I can ignore a few chores indoors and let my feet take me outside more often, to clean up the summer’s detritus and prep a spot for some waiting fall plantings.
And evenings, well, sure, they’re a bit busy for me, but still, I could light a candle or two out back and sit in a lawn chair, look up at the stars, breath out the days dusty worries and breath in some oxygen freshly exhaled from the nearby orange tree. Or I could head out front to the porch swing and watch the world wander past at the park, catch a glimpse of a hummingbird getting its last sip from the feeder before settling in for the night.
I could probably even read a chapter or two by candlelight, or patio light if I thought about it.
It’s that priceless time of year in the desert with only good things to anticipate and summer’s heat a fading memory. It’s open window season, music wafting out into the yard season, planting hope season.
Related articles you should definitely read… and a Planting Guide
- U of A Planting Calendar (What to plant when in Maricopa County, Arizona)
- 32 Reasons You Should Sit on Your Porch Tonight (theresathomas.wordpress.com)
- Fall Morning (alliseekblog.wordpress.com)
- Secondspring, welcome! (and now I’d better get on with it) (agritapestry.wordpress.com)
- Life Lessons from the Garden (theyearofthecicadas.com)