by Charlene Burgi
There is so much to be thankful for as I walk through the garden. Some things are more obvious than others, like the ‘Brandy’ hybrid roses towering over dew-kissed Artemesia ‘Powis Castle.’ The Chinese Pistache tree is in full autumn color right now, regaled in glorious shades of yellow, orange and red. The Meyer lemon is loaded with fruit, and the iris planted this spring, that promised to bloom in fall, did not disappoint me as it reflects the early morning sunlight.
The vegetable garden is small compared to this summer’s bounty. It holds its own despite some critter (I suspect a deer) that weekly plucks broccoli or cauliflower out of the ground only to spit it out. Though the deer are destructive in the garden, I am thankful to be able to live in their environment. It is a blessing to witness their grace and beauty and worth the price of replanting veggies as I catch a glimpse of the spotted fawns each year.
A less obvious blessing is the lack of weeds in the yard despite the much-needed rains. The hours of collecting cardboard and sheet mulching have paid off in more than one way. Besides the absence of weeds, the ground is more fertile and rich in nutrients. Closer inspection shows the soil is alive with worms and other beneficial creatures doing their job. I am thankful to know I won’t have to weed the garden this coming spring.
I am also very thankful for you. You have taken time to follow the Weekly Watering Schedule, worked with your gardens to make them more Bay-Friendly, taken workshops to learn more tricks of the trade, and hopefully enjoyed each step of the way. I am thankful that these writings, which started with a few dozen readers, now reach well over a thousand. Thanks to the Marin Master Gardeners, and Greg and Elena from MMWD, who visited many of your gardens and collected your email addresses. Your willingness to open your homes and gardens to find more ways to save water is commendable. As a way to thank you, please stop by our lobby at 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, and pick up the Bay-Friendly Gardening book as a token of our appreciation. Please note the limit is one copy per household.
I have included photos of a Thanksgiving scene that is set up every year in a tiny town called Canby. As you can see, the table is laden with good food and surrounded by people who worked hard to make their world a better place. This is my wish to you.