The Artwork of Michael Divine




The Garden

May 24th, 2007

We now have a wonderful garden we have planted in our backyard made up of over a dozen vegetables, including greens, a variety of squashes, tomatoes, etc, various herbs and lots of flowers all over. It is lovely really and rewarding…. a work in progress always, as most gardens are. So much work goes into creating a garden out of bare dusty earth. A typically dry and dead California lawn was in place when we moved in. Grass, as it is known in the northern climates, is rather useless here where, in mere moments on a hot summer day, it is scorched to a mere shriveled fluttering piece of dust. So in stead there is this stuff which passes sometimes as grass. Now, mind you, some people go to enormous lengths to create what they consider a lawn, as, it seems to them, all good americans should have "lawns" to tend, and water and fertilize and do all those other god-forsakenly unsustainable things they do to the Earth. So instead ofgrass there is this… weed… that grows. Hold on…I’llgoogle it and see if i can come up with a name… Scratch that, no idea what it is. Not crab grass… It has roots. Deep deep big roots and grows from an underground series of tubers or whatever. We have dug out roots that are as thick as my calf. That is huge! And it isn’t a root going straight down, it is a root that stretches across the yard. So we dig up where it is in the garden we are planting but across the yard, just under the surface, stretches this web of roots. Many as this as my finger, others as thick as my wrist… others… thick as my calf… At this point, tho we haven’t seen them, I would bet there are some as thick as my thigh… as my body… In any case… We dug down a foot or so, replacing much of the dirt with top soil and compost we’d been saving all winter outside… And so we planted a garden and from there, a garden as grown and we get to enjoy it’s fruits..  and there is something stuck under my space bar and it is late so I think it is time to go to bed…g’nite.

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