Less Noise, More Green: The comfort of a garden during a time of change

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The comfort of a garden during a time of change

Vegetable Garden, Less noise,More Green

There is a sense of change in the air around here. I'm not just talking about the change of season, which with the cooler evenings and mornings we've been experiencing lately seems to want to happen early this year. I'm talking about family milestone changes. All of my clan is feeling it and as we navigate through these changes, the rhythms and predictability of the garden are providing some solid ground for me to stand on.

Jack-Be-Little pumpkins
Jack-Be-Little mini edible pumpkins

My daughter is leaving home to go to college in just a few weeks. I am so excited for her but of course she will be greatly missed. My husband and I will adapt to our changing roles as her parents and her brother - well, there will be less competition for the contents of the snack cupboard!

buttercup Squash
Buttercup Squash
My husband turns fifty in the spring and this has been occupying his mind along with his baby's impending departure. His response? I had to intervene to prevent him performing what he called a "full Walter White", meaning he wanted to shave off all his hair and beard leaving just a goatee. He wanted to look "dangerous". Lordy, Lordy.

Bee Balm
Bee Balm

As for me, my strategy has been to embrace the natural rhythm of the garden. There is comfort in the daily harvest, the overflowing baskets of zucchini and tomatoes and the never ending task of weeding. These things I know, these things are comforting in their seasonal correctness. Life is change but having a connection to the soil and the natural turning of the year provides a firm place to stand when everything else feels a little wobbly.

Scarlet Emperor Pole Beans
Scarlet Emperor Pole Beans


In a couple of months we will have found our new family rhythm, and hopefully my husband will still be sporting what little hair he has left, but through it all my plants will grow, fruit, produce seed and begin again. How beautifully predictable.



  1. Keeping the rhythm of the home at times of change becomes even more important. Children leave, but they come back. Usually they are looking to see that "home" is still "home". I went through a divorce, but maintained the marital home. For a long time, it remained exactly the same (minus some furniture). It provided them with what I thought was stability. Over time, home has changed to suit me, my personal growth, a reflection of my value system (more green, less noise!). As for your husband, well.....

    1. Yes, keeping things chugging along as usual at home is important for all of us right now. You forget how important routine and predictability is to kids, even when they are teenagers. As for my husband...he is definitely providing some entertainment for us at the moment! thanks for commenting.

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