Choose a three by six plot in your yard that gets sun, choose a spade and lift off the sod, shaking free as much of the soil as you can. Remove larger stones and pile them somewhere nearby so they will remind you to remain steadfast. Add organic compost and fertilizer and mix the soil well. Select heirloom seeds that will yield things you delight in seeing on your plate, and plant them, keeping in mind how much room they’ll need when they are grown. Water deeply, imagining th
I wait till twilight to harvest the fragrant lavender because of the bees. I am not afraid of them like some people, although I do have a rather traumatic childhood memory of my arm completely swollen and hot to the touch after I got stung by two of them at once; one on my thumb and one on my forearm. I have come to find that bees will leave you be if you return the favor. But during the sunshine hours, the long, graceful lavender stalks bob up and down as the bumblebees move
Five years ago I took a cutting from a friend’s champagne grapevine and managed to successfully cultivate it in my front yard. Make sure you get enough root and give it something, like my chain link fence, to grow on.
The first year, no grapes. I wondered if maybe I needed two vines so they could make plant love in order to bear fruit. But the next year proved that to be untrue and I delighted in watching the tiniest baby grapes form a few meager clusters. When Autumn roll