After doing a whole lot of nothing after Thanksgiving, we came back to Madison on Saturday, a day earlier than planned. This was a great idea. If you are going to do a whole lot of nothing, sometimes its just fun to do it chez toi.
This morning I took advantage of a cool, sunny day and decided to clean up our garden plot. First I beat the corn stalks with the shovel, ripped the cauliflower plants out by the roots, and massacred what remained of the tomato plants. Destruction is a very satisfying pursuit, especially when it is for the greater good of a stronger garden next year.
I took a break halfway through to walk to Cafe Zoma and get a soy latte. Warmed me right up and gave me the energy to rake all the remains into the compost. When I was finished, the soil was bare and all the garden tools were piled neatly into the corner by the compost bin. I covered the bulbs with chicken wire to discourage hungry rabbits from digging them up. The garden was neat and orderly, a state it is only in when hibernating.
Today, I am grateful for living with four seasons. A winter’s sunny day perfect for outdoor work, cleaning up the remainders of our spring planting, summer tending, and fall harvest.