All is quiet here at the farm this time of year; the soil is resting and so are we. Putting the farm to bed at the end of the season is always bittersweet but a necessary step in the process. Although rest is necessary, there is a yearning for the next season to begin. Especially right around now, the middle of winter, when all is cold and quiet. I long for the sun on my face in the early days of spring. There is nothing in the world that comes close to the feeling of spring in the greenhouse; when there is still some snow on the ground and you’re in your own paradise nurturing little pieces of life. This stillness, and the rest, is an important part of the creation. It is the true beginning of the season.
The quiet of the winter months is a large part of the creation of the garden in the spring. This is when the dream begins for the next year. Josephine Nuese’s quote says it perfectly, “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the year – For gardening begins in January, with the dream”. Every year has a different feel, a different energy and its fulfilling tuning into that and planning what to grow.
We have some fun ideas stirring around our heads this off season and the creative process has been rewarding. We are ready for longer days, the sun, the dirt, and our faithful customers. In just a few weeks our greenhouses will be bursting with life and we will be busy nurturing our plants, tending to their fragile growth.
For now, we are enjoying these last few weeks of rest. It’s hard to wait, but the rest is important. Just like a piece of music, the rests are what make the notes beautiful.
See you all soon!