Here we are entering September, and it’s time again to start thinking about planting.
It’s been a transformative past few months for myself (Rob) and my family, with both blessings and challenges aplenty.
For a number of months, I have been on a trajectory to leave my day job, and go full time homeschooling our kids, homesteading, farming, writing, and running this nursery! And this Labour Day was my last day (so technically, I didn’t go to work on my last day…)
And it feels great!
But rewind for a minute:
Back in May, just a few weeks after I saw some of you at our spring pick-up day, we were poised to plant our garden. It was the May long weekend, and I had hundreds of tomatoes, tomatillos, cabbages, squash, cucumbers sitting on the porch, ready to be planted out.
Then we got the nightmare call.
Someone very close to us had been in a terrible accident more than a thousand miles away.
Our life shifted, right then. My wife was on a plane just a few hours later, and I was flying solo at home with the kids for the next two weeks.
Recovery from the injuries sustained in the accident are very slow to heal, and in unpredictable ways. While now, several months later, our life has settled down, it will never be the same.
If I hadn’t already been on my way to leaving my day job, I would be now! Watching events unfold in a tragedy so close to you really makes you reflect on what’s important in life.
So, before I try to sell you plants (come on, you know I’d get to that soon!), take a moment and reflect on what’s important to you. What have you always wanted to do that you should just make happen? Is there a relationship in your life that you wish was better? What fruit tree have you always wanted to grow that was popular in the middle ages in Europe and has to be bletted before you eat it?