I walk into my greenhouse and I get a glimpse into the future. Despite the chilly temperatures, the wild winds, and the maniacal weather, there is a bit of calm inside our greenhouse. I find a bit of respite and a glimpse into the future.
Over the last week or so, we have planted close to 1000 seeds. No, we don’t intend to go into the wholesale vegetable productions business. However, we are getting ready for the Lubbock Master Gardeners Association Spring Plant Sale. You may already be familiar with the Lubbock Master Gardeners Association and their plant sale. You may even have purchased plants from them in the past. The sale is a bit earlier than in years past. The opportunity to participate in the event and to sell plants was too good to ignore.
Making a Change
I know many of you who have so graciously joined our website and Facebook page have gotten free plants from us in the past few years. We have always planted extras when starting for our garden and then made those available to friends. This year we decided to make a change.
I became a Certified Master Gardener in 2015 and have subsequently gotten additional advanced training in vegetable gardening and greenhouse management. Penny is currently taking the intern class and will become a full-fledged Master Gardener later this year. We saw the opportunity to help by using the extra space in our greenhouse to do the initial sprouting of plants for the sale. The plants will be reasonably priced, and the funds raised go to support the Lubbock Master Gardener projects and scholarship fund.
Right now, there are hundreds of small green shoots rising toward the light on the trays. It is a glimpse into the future for me. I love spring. Walking into the greenhouse and seeing the changes that occur in these small plants on just an hourly basis is invigorating. I look at them and know that despite the wind and the cold night that spring is inexorably coming.
I am, of course, a complete optimist when it comes to the garden. I think anyone who gardens or farms enjoys the same frame of mind. I plant the seeds without a doubt that they will germinate. And they do! I expect that the seedlings will mature into young plants. By and large, I am not disappointed. I transplant and replant with the constant anticipation of harvests of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetable. Sometimes I am rewarded. I harvest and revel in the transformations that occur, that in a few short weeks the tiny seeds have produced the makings of a meal I am about to enjoy.
There are of course disappointments, setbacks, and failures. Not all the seeds germinate. A few of the young plants succumb to pests or disease, and the occasional plant doesn’t survive the transplanting. But isn’t that a lot like life? Don’t we go through life planting a multitude of seeds in the form of ideas, friendships, and relationships? Some don’t take. Some start, seem to flourish and then wither. Some take root and grow. And year after year we keep doing the same thing optimistically sure that it will all result in success.
My message is, I guess, to keep feeding the soil be it the soil in your garden or the soil of your soul. Get your hands in it and get dirty. Unless you have your hands in the soil, you can’t judge if you have a good foundation for your garden. Part of understanding your soil is to feel it, to see it, to smell it, and even to taste it. Life is like that. You have to get into it and become part of it. Plant the seeds. We always plant more than we can use. We never seem to have a problem finding them homes. DO the same with the seeds you plant in life. They won’t go to waste. Then be amazed at the bounty that you produce. It is always a miracle to me to pull a turnip from the ground and think of that tiny little seed that was the start of those beautiful lush greens and that fat tender turnip. Life should be like that as well. Look back at the seeds you planted and what has resulted, whether it is apparent or not.
In the end, it is about beginnings. That sounds funny. The end is always about beginnings. Each year as fall approaches and we are watching the garden slowly transforms into its winter state; we always try to put back a few seeds from what we have grown. These seeds are a glimpse into the future, and they always spark a smile, the anticipation of a new year, a new spring and new futures.
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The Lubbock Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale is April 13 and 14 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in conjunction with the Lubbock Arts Festival. More information is available here. I will warn you that you should come early on Saturday if possible. The plants always sell out quickly.