It is dipping below zero weather around here, and I am spending a lot of time with seed catalogs, reading blogs of others that live in warmer places, admiring their gardens, food growing, + pondering what will next year be like in our Urban Potager…well, it will be an Urban Oasis…what is that? This thought was on my mind as I headed outside to see if anything was alive in our winter Urban Potager.
I forgot to cover some of my crops this winter...where oh where is there something edible, but wait I have Blue Scotch Kale alive and thriving in my freezing weather!!!! It was 3 degrees yesterday with wind chills in the negative… I moved some of my Blue Scotch Kale up closer to the house. You can do anything to this plant, and it survives! I moved it from our raised bed in the Urban Potager to planters closer to my home to be protected. It took root!
I started these plants in the spring under lights. LOOK!!! It is surviving! It is hanging out and not being bothered by what is going on around it today..hmm…it even is providing a salad on this FREEZING day…the world outside is cold, but I created an “Oasis” for my Blue Scotch Kale to survive…Yes, I did indeed!
I guess I am like Kale. I adapt to my environment and cope with what is thrown my way, I too need a place to be protected from the elements of the weather…or life, so an Urban Oasis would be a place to find shelter from what is going on around you…I created an “Oasis” for my Kale. An area of refuge from the unpleasantness occurring around it…sometimes our lives can be surrounded by cold/chaos, and we need a place to retreat, to replenish, to find peace…that is what an Urban Oasis should be…
The dictionary defines an Oasis as ” A fertile or green spot in a desert or wasteland, made so by the presence of water.” Well, that water does not have to be “real water,” but whatever you need to replenish your “spirit” in a world where we need to retreat from the chaos…
An Urban Oasis should be “a place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty,” so we need to create a place in our small urban area to find peace, safety, and happiness in the midst of a troubled world….
And it does not have to be in a big way, all you need to do is begin! If you have some space outside your doors no matter what size/how awkward it looks…just start…you will find your own oasis in a chaotic world, and no two will be alike….that is the beauty of our free will in this world….so follow your heart.