Monday, January 18, 2010
I'm no expert by any stretch, but I get by. I know when to prune things and how to grow a halfway decent vegetable garden. I know the names of many flowers and have perfected herb growing such that I usually enjoy fresh herbs all year long. (Ok. don't be too impressed with that, herbs are the easiest things to grow ever.) At this time of year I'm used to picking fresh herbs out from under the snow and using them. (The more hardy types like thyme, parsley, sage, etc...)
This winter this is not the case. Back in the spring I moved the herb garden to a lovely little patch next to the driveway. Deer don't eat herbs so I could not see taking up valuable fenced space. And they were all mixed in and among the veggies. Why not, I reasoned, group them all together. It was very green this summer and really prolific.
What I failed to take into consideration is the fact that this garden is EXACTLY where the snowplow guy pushes the snow every year. So rather than having a few inches of snow covering them, there is 4 feet of snow. And even I'm not going to shovel out my herbs from a depth of 4 feet. And it's that dirty parking lot snow. It's completely gross.
What gets me is how come I didn't think of this? I've been gardening more than 10 years now. How come when I was moving those plants this never occurred to me? All summer long when I would take my coffee out in the morning or sit out in the evening with a glass of wine, how come this never crossed my mind? Even this fall when I was picking herbs to dry BECAUSE OF THE COMING WINTER and then writing the check to pay the snowplow guy, I never made the connection. My god, look at the picture, look at all those herbs. Look at the DRIVEWAY.....
I'm actually marveling at my obtuseness on this one.
I guess no matter how good or how long you do something, there is always something to still be learned.....