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.
- It is saving and scrimping to buy land.
- It is buying and maintaining a tractor.
- It is watching weather and planning ahead for planting.
- It is keeping a vegetable inventory, to know how much to plant each year.
- It is changing diet to fit what grows in our area.
- It is walking out to the garden every day to be sure things are okay.
- It is stringing irrigation hoses out there and paying for water when the rain refuses to fall.
- It is seeding it over in autumn with crimson clover so we either get a cover crop or else some venison.
- It is buying and maintaining a small tiller for between rows, later.
- It is researching through gardening books for help with pests and diseases.
- It is sharpening and oiling the hoe, shovel, and rake.
- It is pulling rocks out and chunking them into the ditch.
- It is winding twine round and round and round stakes to support plants.
- It is shredding piles and piles of newspapers for mulch.
- 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 you see it, held in the hand that provided it, the hand of someone who, though he doesn’t eat many radishes, knows who does.
16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Hands”
I love gardening, but it is a lot of work.
Same here. But somebody has to do something! 🙂
Lol, true. I’ll let you get to bed. 😉
What a wonderful bunch!
Thanks, and welcome to Home’s Cool! 🙂 I think all my commenters are a wonderful bunch, too! 😀
Nice post. I love gardening. All the flowers, all the fruits make up for the hardwork. 🙂
Yay, fruits and flowers! We got ’em! 🙂 Thanks for understanding, btw!
What a labor of love. And you have such a thoughtful heart to recognize all that went into that posy of radishes. They look delicious.
Oh, they were delish! I love them sliced thick onto a butter bread, lightly salted. Mmm!
Since both of us were raised with gardens, it was natural for us to continue that heritage for our children, who now garden themselves. Gratifying, just to pass on the joy, but also to have radishes that have flavor! 🙂
Nice picture, and I liked all the reflections too.
I was pretty sure you would, Sans! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments!
This is so simple and beautiful a post, I don’t quite know what to say. I can’t grow anything worth a lick – but I assume that’s because I don’t know what I’m doing. Congrats on your first bouquet!
Thanks, Tif, and wish I could share them with you, as we have so many! 🙂