NEW BABY/NEW GARDEN
It’s been a crazy month. After my husband got back up on his legs, our son and his wife had a little baby girl! Such fun…
So, why did I name this posting “New Baby/New Garden”? Well, think about it. When you have a brand new baby the doctor checks to be sure all is fine. There are tests to be taken, and analyzed; there are new skills to be learned; there are fun things happening and grungy chores to be dealt with; and we look forward to pleasant surprises with a few bumps along the way. Yes, they are VERY much alike!
Let’s start with the tests. They are the most important and critical start to that new baby’s life. If there are any medications or special cautions to be taken, we learn about them as soon as possible. The same thing applies to the garden.
If you’re working with a brand new garden, get a soil test done! It will tell you all about the good AND the lacking issues with your soil. Contact your State University Extension Service for details. I have all of the New England Extension Services listed here. You tell them what you’re planning to plant, and they will tell you exactly what to add in order to amend your soil.
With a new baby, you begin to make wonderful plans for that little person. You get a Baby Journal and begin to add photo’s and comments about the baby’s progress. In the garden, a Journal works very well also. I’d suggest you get one of them, it will make things fall into place very nicely. Photographs of your garden will be wonderful. Before and after pictures are a great way to track your progress and learning.
Before you bring that baby home, you purchased furniture and other “things” like diapers, clothing, powder, baby oil, etc. etc! The same applies to a gardener. You’ll need some tools, small and large to help you manage you new tasks.
Just like you have to change dirty diapers with your new baby, you’ll also have to do some weeding, digging and planting in the garden. Some of this you’ll love, some you might want to delegate to others!
I’m sure you can think of many other comparisons. Realize that just as a baby grows into a wonderful person, your garden will evolve into a place of grand pleasures. Enjoy it!