Cultivate: verb 1. to work the land, till. 2. to promote or improve the growth of by labor and attention. 3. to develop of improve by education or training: refine. 4. …..
Why am I writing about gardening? It is snowing outside, we haven’t seen the sun in almost 2 weeks, the ground is frozen, and an inversion has kept the outside temperature between 23 and 28 degrees F for the whole week. I still have months to go before I can even start my seeds. But I can dream and plan. I can peruse my seed catalogs, order my seeds, look at pictures from last year’s garden. I love to garden–to start the seeds, work the soil with my hands, work out my frustrations by weeding–cultivating. By gardening I cultivate patience, perseverance, and prayer.
I can’t wait for spring. Randy laughs at me every year about this time when I start whining about spring. If we get a warm spell in February I start talking about bulbs coming up, rose leaves budding, starting tomato seedlings. He tells me not to get too excited–“It’s a long time until spring on the Palouse“. I know, I know!! But I can’t help but get excited. How else do you survive the late winter doldrums? Besides…one of these times I will be right and we will have an early spring! I can always hope!