Gardening is a grounding activity for me.
I realized over the last year of traveling, being away from our own garden, I was really happy to have an opportunity to "clean up" the multiple-terraced garden that surrounded our HomeExchange house in Umbria. (I was clearly enjoying it in this post from early in that time).
My kind of gardening is all about enjoying the process and creating plant vignettes that welcome us home, whether it's the pocket meadow up front, the side beds that evoke a sense of being in the mountains, the raised herb and vegetable garden in front, or the native woodland garden (ravine forest woodland) in back, "rescued" from invasives by my gardening companion, and slowly restored through additions of native plants to an attractive (and ecologically-balanced) forest community.
So, this morning, I was glad to venture in a small way to cleaning up the raised beds a bit more. I'd done a bit of editing and clean-up after we returned home, but soon a flurry of presentations and other demands on my time, not to mention a strange laryngitis/bronchitis thing that hung around for two weeks, had found me putting any other gardening on hold.
Deciding which self-sowed Vernonia, Penstemon, and Rudbeckia seedlings might be potted up for my garden group's spring sale will be a start.
|Red-veined sorrel in a front raised bed|
Where did those come from, I thought?
But now I'm thinking that it's more likely that they're red-stemmed chard seedlings or possibly beet seedlings. I did sow chard and beets back in early August. I do have a lot of seeds of cool-season greens.
Aha! I thought, I'll taste a leaf and that will either confirm or deny sorrel....
Definitely, sorrel; its distinctive lemony taste distinguishes it from young beet and chard leaves!