Question: Why is farming like a relationship?
Answer: Because you do not reap what you sow. That is a lie. You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, and store.
~ Kristin Kimball, A Dirty Life
I love that quote. Yet, it is missing something. Even after you have put all the work in, there are no guaranteed results. You just have to do the best you can.
This is one of those things I’m finding I need to explain to my teenage girls. You put in everything, but aren’t guaranteed anything. Sometimes, heartbreaks happen.
I’m thrilled that the currant bush I found on Craig’s List has new growth on it and looks like it will thrive…eventually. It was touch and go there for a bit with this bush. I doubt I’ll be drying currants for this season, but I think I will be next season.
On the other hand, only 4 out of the 9 raspberry bushes I planted are putting out canes. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. They are all planted in the same soil, in the same patch, by the same people. Raspberries are reported to be great spreaders once they gain momentum. Given that fact, my disappointment is tempered with hope. I confess though, I wanted a larger harvest this year. The growing season is so short, and a year seems like an awful long time to have to wait.
My new garden has taught me I’ve got a lot to learn. And even then, sometimes it won’t be enough for reasons I may never understand.
How does your garden grow? Do you have the same amount of enthusiasm you did when you started?