A few weeks ago the boys and I celebrated Earth Day by planting seeds in the first two of our raised beds. Someone told me a reason that vegetables from your own garden are especially healthy is because the plants know you, and they produce precisely what your body needs. We communicate our body chemistry when we dig in the soil, touch the seeds and pick the veges. He when so far as to suggest that some people lick the seeds before planting to encourage this relationship. Paxton and Levon found great delight in this idea. So, if you share in any of our corn, peas or beans this season, you’ll know they grew from seeds that were once spit into the soil by a joyful little boy.
So far we have some sprouting of lettuce, Swiss chard, escarole and peas. We are adding more seeds to our raised beds and containers each week. Our veges are in the sunniest corner of our property which is right along Clinton Avenue, a relatively busy road. Much of the traffic on sunny spring days is moms pulling kids in wagons, folks with dogs, and walking enthusiasts happy for an excuse to rest along their uphill journey. If you find yourself passing by as I weed and water, please stop. I am always happy to meet someone new or catch up with a friend.
Weeding and watering did not become part of my daily routine last year and thus our initial gardening efforts grew to a mostly inedible patch of weeds. This season I may try to inspire myself by signing up with Transition Ossining to be part of their 1-Day Ossining Veggie Garden Tour. Also, as we replace gutters that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, we will be adding rain barrels. Though I have the highest regard for Ossining’s Indian Brook Water Treatment plant which provides most of our drinking water, I know that our veges will be delighted to get their water directly from the clouds.