My garden helps me with changes in my life. I find when I go out there and weed, sow, harvest or just enjoy the beauty it helps me “understand” the changes I encounter in my life…..
I had a lot of weeds in my garlic bed this week. I usually try to keep it weed free but the past month I have been busy helping our youngest get ready to move out East. He graduated in May from College and was hired by a young company in Boston. It is exciting for him but for a month it was a busy place around here trying to help him get all the things he needed to make this big change in his life
He is gone now, and things have calmed down. I found myself back in the garden, and it sure needed my attention! I found my garlic bulbs ready to be harvested yesterday, but I needed to weed my way to find the bulbs! As I was weeding my garlic bed and harvesting the bulbs, I thought about how the area was all clear in the fall as I put a “single” clove in the soil.
I looked at my youngest child as he stood in front of his ” packed” car and thought, He is on an adventure + I have had those in my life. I hope to have some more, but that first one, when you leave home is like no other. You leave your family behind for a new career in a city far away, not knowing a soul and excited to do what you studied and worked hard for in college.Yep, I remember driving down the road to the town we live in now, after my husband, and I graduated from college. It was an adventure. We did not know a person in this town. We started our first jobs here and raised a family…it seems like yesterday, but it also feels like a lifetime ago…it went by too quickly.
Growing garlic is one of the easiest things to grow, and I have no idea why more people don’t grow their garlic.
As I was starting to write my post this week, I thought, our life is like a garlic bulb. Silly as it may sound it does demonstrate our life.From one small clove that is planted in the fall and goes through the seasons, a bulb is created. A cluster of cloves that become a “bulb” of many….an interesting miracle in the garden. It starts as “one” just as our children do as they go out into the world. They are planted in the soil of life and what happens is an adventure that grows over a lifetime.
For more detailed information or resources for growing garlic check out Immunity Gardens-Garlic at the end of the blog post. I have more sites for resources to help you plant perfect garlic next summer!