I have earthworms! Fat, moist, wiggly gray earthworms.
Now, let me explain to those of you who are new. Last August, in the middle of high summer in my neck of the woods, I had the opportunity to plant a garden in the yard of a relative. The plot of land had been covered for over twenty years by an RV. So when I cleared the weeds, I discovered a concrete hard plot of dead ground. Nevertheless, I tried to plant a very late garden. I was only moderately succesful. (Read my previous posts). I decided that I just had not given the ground enough time to nourish itself through my ministerings of manure and mulch.
Yesterday, I pulled out all the dead tomato and squash vines. I left the two plantings that really took hold: Italian parsley and a couple of Best Boy tomato bushes (seen here). Before I spread another sack of manure, I began turning over the areas of soil that I plan to replant in a couple of months. Lo and behold, I found hundreds of earthworms. Then, looking around on the remaining plants in the garden, I saw many ladybugs, like so many tiny ruby-red jewels. Finally, I unearthed a seedpod from one of the huge magnolia trees in the front yard of the house. I had dug up a winter food cache of one of the squirrels that hang around the neighborhood.
Life is coming back! The micro-ecosystem of my garden is coming back online. I hope this is a sign of good things to come this spring and summer. In light of all the death and destruction I’ve been seeing this week on the news, this was a most welcome reminder where there is life, there is hope.
Lori G. (2010)