Gardener's Grapevine 2011.07.07

Written by David Green.

“Knee high by the fourth of July” ring a bell with anyone? It’s an old saying that supposedly means if the corn is knee high by the fourth of July it will be a good crop. 

Traveling back and forth to Maumee every day I see lots of fields and gardens. Around Assumption the crops are really excelling. I see wheat fields that are so beautiful and have really full heads. There is something so peaceful about the golden wheat waiving in the breeze and watching it ripple in the sunlight. I go to work as the sun is rising and it throws multiple shades of yellow and gold across the field—a very beautiful thing to see first thing in the morning.

It amazes me how a simple seed with very little assistance becomes a plant, and even without a flower can be a glorious site. Plants are very resilient and can grow in the strangest places.

My friend Mary Johnson has a columbine that grows every year in a crack in the concrete on her back patio. There is no nourishment other than what is in the crack and no water except the rain, yet a two foot hardy plant grows not just one year, but every year! It flowers just as beautiful as any other columbines in the gardens.

Nature is all around us and so many people just fly by without ever seeing most of it. Last week Art and I were driving home in the evening down Gorham Street and in the fields behind the houses on the east side were two sets of deer. The first set appeared to be two does grazing and they looked so regal standing in the field. Just outside the city limits, way back towards the woods, were a doe and her twin fawns grazing.

If you drive the speed limit or over in life you miss the fawns grazing, the morning wheat waving in the sunlight, and the oriole sitting on the roadside wildflowers.

Have you ever sat on the porch in your own yard and just done nothing but listen to whatever is there? Sure, there is going to be “commercial” noise such as automobiles and the noise of daily life, but there are lots of different birds each with their own individual calls, bees working, squirrels being squirrelly, sometimes a tree creaking. 

When I add to my gardens, I think about what will utilize what I add. Certain things are attracted to certain plants and objects. Next week I will talk about what attracts what in the garden.

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