Last year, I planted my first garden in many, many years. I let it grow a little wild, to see how it would develop with minimal intervention. I enjoyed it, but we had more foliage than vegetables, so I know I need to add something different to the soil this year (suggestions anyone?). We had a warm fall, and tomatoes ripening when we left on a week-long vacation. Upon return, the garden was blanketed by several inches of snow amidst a very hard freeze. It was wet and cold from then on, and I never really had a chance to put the garden “to bed.” I left it that way all winter.
This spring, I had to clean out all the dead stuff before I could plant anything new. As I was cleaning out the garden beds, I had time to think about what I was doing. I was removing the dead plants and leaves, putting them to the compost bin. In the compost bin, what once produced vegetables will decompose to become compost – to nourish other plants.
I thought of all the changes I’ve been bringing into my life recently. I’m letting go of the old to make room for the new. I’ve been planting a number of new seeds in my life this spring, taking classes and honing some new skills. Combined with my prior experience (compost), I’m in a position to go in new directions.
Okay, maybe I’m over-thinking gardening, but the season is unmistakable. It’s time to let go of the old, plant seeds, and draw new experiences into my life.