Monday, March 15, 2010
"Laetare Jerusalem" - "O be joyful, Jerusalem" is the sung introit; it lends its name to our 4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday. Also known as Refreshment Sunday and Rose Sunday, tis the time in our penance season in which we take a break to remember the joy of our Salvation, the reason for our hope.
Daffodils wave to us in the winds of March and the tomato seedlings pop forth in promise of bounty to come; collards and turnips enjoy the brisk cold of March winds, sweetening with each kiss of frost. In working on the garden I keep my head wrapped in a wooly scarf and wear an ancient jacket that has seen many seasons of plantings and hikes into the mountains. The wellies are warm and comfortable while working in the muddy soil.
The plastic on the hoops will remain a little while longer to protect the young bean seedlings peeking out of the dirt and the tired old fence is now in need of repair having been breached by some thieves who munch the young plants as appetizers. It does not take a forensic genius to discover the identity of the thieves: deer prints in the dirt give it away. More hog wire and some new metal posts will be necessary and a trip to the hardware store in the old pickup is on the afternoon schedule.
The garden rows get an early start with the the row hoops covered in plastic. Lengths of half inch pvc pipe fitted over 18 inch rebar staked into the ground gives me an inexpensive green house. If you would like to read more about this method, go to this link http://whizbangrowcover.blogspot.com/
God bless each and all of you; let us be thankful for our new life in Christ.
That's me away to the hardware store.