Looking out over last year's sadly neglected garden spot I noticed the over abundance of weeds growing. They are everywhere. Chickweed, Dandelion, Plantain and a host of others I can not name. Surveying the forsaken mess makes it difficult to believe it was ever anything other than a breeding ground for weeds. There is some relentless mint growing. I noticed some cucumber making it's appearance - and an onion. Must not forget the onion.
We had decided to allow this patch of garden to rest this year. We weren't going to tend it at all.
But growth doesn't stop. Even if you don't cultivate, plant and tend, the garden will still produce. It may not be what you want, but it will produce. It will look like a wild, haggard, forsaken place. It won't produce much food to speak of. Maybe a few volunteers here and there. Eventually they will be choked out by the weeds.
I can't help but feel a bit sad.
It was a decision to allow this particular ground to fallow this year but it makes me think of a different garden - a garden we can never allow to fallow. There are weeds there as well. Sometimes you don't realize how prolific they have become until much time has passed. Sometimes the weeds are insidious, waiting a while to present themselves. To catch them you must look below the
bountiful growth of healthy plants before they do their worst.
This can be an overwhelming thought. It's enough to make the thought of gardening completely repulsive. Until you realize an important truth - the most blessed news of all. We may think we are the main gardeners, but we're not. There is a Master Gardener who never misses anything. If weeds are growing even those can be used to our benefit. Dandelion, chickweed and plantain are edible and full of health promoting properties. Our fruit may not be beautiful in the fallow season but the ground beneath is being fed with important nutrients that will aid in future harvests.
He will work all things together for good - for the benefit of our garden.
I need to remember that today.