April 12th, 2011

A New Hope

Maybe I’m a simpleton, but every time I see those tiny green shoots peep up out of the soil, I am amazed. Not just sort of amazed, but like Grand Canyon amazed. Niagara Falls amazed. Just witnessing something so large at work in something so small as a tiny seed mixed with soil, water, and light utterly floors me.

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basil seedlings

I worry for a few days after I plant seeds—worry that something has gone terribly wrong, that my soil is too cool, or the light is not bright enough, or my water is not wet enough. I worry and worry and worry until one day, a little speck of green emerges and I can relax a little.

It’s the excitement, the exhilaration, the absolute thrill of germination that keeps me coming back to the garden and the whole process of planting hope and reaping joy.

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zucchini seedlings

Please join me in welcoming some basil, zucchini, and zinnias into the world. I’m still currently worrying and worrying and worrying about my parsley and marigolds.

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Comments

    I know exactly how you feel. This time of year I am constantly strolling around the gardens, staring at the ground, trying to remember what is planted where. Watching plants grow is almost magical.

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one who worries so much about them! I try my best to do everything right but you just never know until they sprout, or don’t sprout.

    I, too, am amazed in the same way….and tonight am actually finishing a blog piece where I’ve quoted yours–hope you don’t mind. But you expressed it for me exactly and being a novice gardener, it boggles my mind that such wonderfulness can come from such a teensy thing like a seed. Anyway, hope you’ll read once I’ve posted and I wanted to give you proper credit–thank god for Google!

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