This whole farm thing is proving quite challenging!! We are truly flying by the seat of our pants, choosing to trust that all will be well and assuming it would take much greater skill than either of us have to truly screw it up.
I don’t remember the first days of parenting but I am guessing it was perhaps a little overwhelming and we learned as we went, figuring out each stage as it happened. Hopefully this new life will be similar and in time we will know enough about chickens and bees, goats and orchards, fencing and sustainable soil management. For now, we’re asking lots of people lots of questions and enjoying the (harum scarum) ride.
Today, however, I sat quietly on the front stoop surrounded by bags of potting soil, compost, seed trays and more than 400 seeds and I knew what to do. Fill the tray, put a seed into each pot according to the instructions, water the trays and cover with the clear lid. It was almost meditative in its repetition and movement and I loved each moment, thinking about the potential held within each teeny tiny seed. Have you seen how small some seeds are? . may be bigger than the ones I was holding today and inside that . is everything needed to grow into something beautiful, fragrant and healing.
You see today I planted over 400 lavender seeds for our garden – 3 different varieties – the taller Dentata for the back of the bed, the medium height Lady and the shorter Hidcote for the front of the bed. Did I mention the finished bed will be close to 100 feet long? We’re using it to create a barrier and it will be gorgeous; in my head it already is.
What a fabulous way to pass a few hours and I will be waiting for weeks and possibly months to see if the seeds actually germinate. I’ll let you know.