What Summer Brings (and misses)

By Jessica Yarger

The early evenings are a beautiful time to be in the garden, any garden. Gamon and I have been tending to Odyssey’s garden in the early evenings, when the sun is low in the sky (and the mosquitoes start to come out). It is still warm from the day’s heat, but you get hints of the cooler night air to come just as soon as the sun dips below the horizon.

The garden is bursting at the seams. The cucumbers and zucchini are prolific, the tomatoes will be ripening by the bushel full in the coming weeks, and the pumpkins are setting fruit and putting out new growth, only to set more fruit. The weeds and grasses are there in force as well, taking up all the space that they can. If you look a little harder, buried beneath the foliage, you will find basil, parsley, onions, peppers, Swiss chard, melons just beginning to set, and maybe a stray carrot or beet that got away from smaller hands.

And, that is what the garden is missing, its younger caretakers, the hundreds of hands that keep it moving, keep the weeds at bay, keep the soil turned, the crops rotating. In many ways it is amazing to see what a garden can do left mostly unattended. Nature is amazing that way. But, it will be so much more vibrant when the students return in September.

In the meantime, Gamon and I are tending to the garden and taking the opportunity to get to know the space. The wheels are turning and we are so excited by the possibility of fall.

If you like to come out and help email Jessica: jessicay@ocsmail.org





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