It’s easy to look at barren garden beds and the skeleton of trees and feel the loss of summer’s absolute verdancy, but in fact the natural world is just alive as ever. And so while I can sense and long for winter’s slow hibernation, there’s still much to be done before this mammal can curl up with her blankets, books, crochet hooks and pots of tea.
Seeds as well are gathered now, some for food and medicine, but also some for planting. Unlike most annual, vegetable crops, many temperate climate, wild edible and medicinal plants do best when the seeds are planted in the fall orwintersown. The seeds require periods of freeze/thaw cycles to break dormancy and germinate. I think I will be planting more seeds this fall and winter than I did in the spring!
So while I’m no longer spending endless hours outside under a summer sun, the plants are still calling me out into the green spaces and there’s still plenty of dirt under these nails. The blankest and books just have to wait a few more weeks yet.