Yesterday, I drove out to the Rodale Institute near Kutztown, PA, to the home of the Organic Gardening Test Garden, where I spent the morning working with senior editor Doug Hall, who runs the test garden.
A normal Wednesday for me involves working at my computer in the office, writing newsletters or making social media posts, making webpages in the content management system, working on the iPad issue, going to meetings, et cetera. Sure, I’d be thinking about gardening, writing about gardening, generally existing in a gardening head-space, but I would not physically be in a garden. Instead my hands would be noisily clacking away on this keyboard, making Nancy in the cube next to me wonder what the heck that keyboard ever did to me.
But yesterday was such a different story. It was total immersion of body, mind and spirit in the garden. My hands were in the soil, pulling weeds, planting melons, squash, and broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, scooping compost, spreading mulch, harvesting turnips, spinach, broccoli, and kohlrabi.
I am looking forward to going back again next week. My plan for my blog this summer is to share with you, Dear Reader, what’s happening at the test garden. I will select one bed each week and show and tell you what’s growing and going on in said bed.