In the MUCK of life beauty comes forth from periods of hardship and boy has this winter been a hardship in our gardens.We have had one of the longest, coldest, + most snow fallen in decades. After weeks of below freezing winter, the muck in our life can last too long and it seems as if it will never end.
I was chatting with my neighbor the other day over the fence and we agreed this winter has been too long. It started in October!I have had my nose to the ground lately ( literally!) this week and as I was working to organize my urban potager, I found my little spring treasures. It affirmed my beliefs that out of the muck of life perseverance prevails!
Muck is a word that has been batting around in my head all week since I have been cleaning a lot of it on my city lot! It means “dirt, grime, filth, mud, slime, mess, crud, gunk, grunge, guck + glop” which would describe my “muck” right now this spring! Like life, my yard is a big, diverse bunch of muck!No two people deal with the same muck!
Our trees that do not drop their leaves until right before snow falls are left in the garden beds throughout the winter which is perfectly fine with us since they help us build soil. We also leave all the garden debris from perennials and annuals ( healthy ones not sickly)in our beds all winter to protect some of our plants and provide food + shelter for the animals during the winter, so like life it is what we do with all the muck that makes a difference.
Each year I work on building healthy soil on our city lot + what better way than to put all your own organic matter from your property back into your soil. It is FREE mulch! We chop it all up with our lawn mower. I was thinking the other day that the lawn has shrunk so much on our property that why do we need the lawn mower, but when fall and spring come I understand how useful our lawn mower is for building soil. Instead of cutting a lot of turf grass it helps us feed our soil by breaking down the yard debris.
We eat the food from our healthy soil which makes our bodies stronger! Nature has her own seasons, and so do we since we can’t predict when “hardships” will come in life, and some years will be more difficult as this year has been with the weather for us all, but as nature it all works to our best advantage since it just makes us stronger in the end.
Hello Spring, out of the muck comes beauty!
Below is our system for our city lot that has worked for us over the years.