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Garden seeds and room

“Human life is a very simple matter. Breath, bread, health, a hearthstone, a fountain, fruits, a few garden seeds and room to plant them in, a wife and children, a friend or two of either sex, conversation, neighbours, and a task life-long given from within — these are contentment and a great estate. On these gifts follow all others, all graces dance attendance, all beauties, beatitudes, mortals can desire and know.”

via “The Secret of Happiness: Bronson Alcott on Gardening and Genius

Not all of these elements of “a great estate” may be for everyone, but for me, this reflection rings especially true. Moreover, the more time and attention I give to these things, the less need I seem to have for doom scrolling and social media.

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Spring sneaks past

A day full of wind and rain caused a number of my sunflowers to topple over. Their downfall brightened our table earlier than usual this year.

Sunflowers in a vase
Sunflowers
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First daffodil of the season

A single yellow daffodil
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Cherry tomato harvest 2018

cherry tomatoes
The tomato plants are falling over under the weight of their own fruit.

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Golden beets have arrived

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Pickled red cabbage

red cabbage in a jar
Pickled some red cabbage from our garden in red wine vinegar, bay leaf, and mustard seed… and lots of sugar.

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Behold our new overlords

purple cauliflower

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Funky carrot harvest

purple carrots

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It’s going to be a good harvest

raised vegetable beds
Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, and cabbage.

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And all the bees rejoiced

Cosmo flower
So this lovely flower popped up in my garden a few weeks ago. I thought it was a weed. Good thing I didn’t pull it.