Oh, For The Love Of Soil

Over the last couple of days, I have been reseeding areas for the next crop succession. This means pulling some of the spent vegetation of earlier crops, like spinach and tatsoi, and replanting it. The very last of the dark green leaves of spinach are harvested, blanched, and tucked away into the deep freeze. Before the next food crop goes in, however, I amend and loosen the soil. Once again, my hands plunge into the dark silky soil. I work my way up the row, turning and sifting, adding a good measure of well-rotted compost and sheep manure. How many times have I heard myself say ” grow good soil, grow good soil”. As I pull that last bunch of tatsoi, I thank our fine rich garden soil, for I know, it has provided the food for our food. It is the basis for all of what we do here. It should be praised accordingly. And don’t I just love the feel of soil…should I even dare mar this perfect canvas of earth? Does it really need a seed or small seedling to make it more beautiful…no, I don’t think so. I know that down below every display of greenery, the soil is there quietly doing its thing. It’s wonderous and amazing life giving thing…oh, for the love of soil!

And to further praise the endearing qualities of soil, here is a poem written by Wendell Berry…

β€œThe soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”

8 comments on “Oh, For The Love Of Soil

  1. I rarely wear garden gloves because I love the feel of soil. My hands look a little dubious, but the trade off is worth it. Happy 4th Denise.

    • No garden gloves here as well. Yes, sometimes my hands require a good’going over’ with a soap and brush, but the feel hands in the earth is not something I’d give up. Happy 4th to you as well Brenda….a little cookout by the lake in store for us,whoopee!!Hope you have a good one!

  2. Hi Rick, I’m not sure you remember me. I’m traveling north this summer, looking forward to visit your garden. My garden is wonderful thanks to you. Terrence Greenery Designs 8 Market Square Amesbury, MA 01913

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