A Rosy Posy

About a month ago, someone plowed our garden spot. Then he tilled it. Then he harrowed it. Then he marked it into rows. Then he planted and planted and planted. Onions, cabbages, corn, tomatoes, all are out there. Everything is growing. The corn is two inches tall. Last night, I got this gorgeous posy:

It is more than just a clump of radishes.

  1. It is saving and scrimping to buy land.
  2. It is buying and maintaining a tractor.
  3. It is watching weather and planning ahead for planting.
  4. It is keeping a vegetable inventory, to know how much to plant each year.
  5. It is changing diet to fit what grows in our area.
  6. It is walking out to the garden every day to be sure things are okay.
  7. It is stringing irrigation hoses out there and paying for water when the rain refuses to fall.
  8. It is seeding it over in autumn with crimson clover so we either get a cover crop or else some venison.
  9. It is buying and maintaining a small tiller for between rows, later.
  10. It is researching through gardening books for help with pests and diseases.
  11. It is sharpening and oiling the hoe, shovel, and rake.
  12. It is pulling rocks out and chunking them into the ditch.
  13. It is winding twine round and round and round stakes to support plants.
  14. It is shredding piles and piles of newspapers for mulch.
  15. It is staying up late and going out with a dorky “headlight cap” on and covering tender plants before a surprise frost comes.

All of the above, and more, go into the first bouquet of the vegetable gardening season. And here it is, held in the hand that provided it, the hand of someone who, though he doesn’t eat many radishes, knows who does.

radish bouquet
First Bouquet of the Vegetable Season

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

5 thoughts on “A Rosy Posy

  1. You made me feel very appreciated. God’s love in my heart for you makes all I do for you–a joy, but it is very nice to discover you notice and appreciate it–even enough to tell others. It is fun playing “house” with you!

    1. I believe you do! Thanks for your kind words–it really was beautiful, much redder than the camera could capture. And sweet! I love the first raddishes because they actually have a dash of sweetness in them.

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