We check the garden every day now. We’re already harvesting cucumbers, but the tomatoes, beets, and peppers aren’t anywhere near ready.
The sunflower hasn’t bloomed; the blackberries aren’t black; the raspberries have no blossoms yet.
But the peas are close. Very close.
I’ll gather them in a bowl and begin the shucking of peas. The simple work of it makes me happy in ways I never knew I could be.
I’m adding this to my list of things to do to create a little joy:
Watch their little tendrils vine and stretch.
Watch the white blossoms elongate into pods.
Watch them soften and nearly pop with peas.
Eat them with delight.
A vegetable garden roots me to a sacred experience–a cycle of seed, growth, and harvest–that I love observing.
Are you harvesting your own garden this month?