As seasonal life cycles go, the 2010 Organic Gardening Test Garden could be considered a teenager—it still needs a lot of support and nurturing but is not yet contributing to society. One day, it will mature and surprise us with its gifts. Then, all too soon, its glorious youth will fade to a memory and our beds will be barren once more. Until then, we plant and weed and water, hoping that our lovingly tended offspring won’t fall victim to parasite or storm. Morning glories have not yet broken through the soil, but we erect a 12-foot sapling as testament to our belief that they will reach for the sky.
“Grow, baby,” we say. “Grow.”