Copyright 2022 by Christin Kaiser
Photo by cottonbro courtesy of Pixabay.
has finally arrived here in the Lakes area of New Hampshire.
was a long time coming, and it did the now normal routine of throwing
in a short heat wave a few weeks after the last snow drift under the
I am blessed with sunny cool and breezy conditions, with just enough
warmth to keep me removing a layer of clothing each time I exert more
muscles digging in the garden. I know the mild weather canít
last, but Iím relishing it while I can.
in the world there may be that utopia; with long sunny days that
allow a gardener time to get things completed. The rain comes only
after dark and the breeze is just strong enough to keep biting
insects at bay, but not so strong as to cause goosebumps. In such a
glorious place all the slugs and cutworms would develop a taste for
the invasive bittersweet and Japanese knotweed and avoid freshly
transplanted tender vegetables.
soil would be friable, and stones migrate with winter frost heaves to
the edges of planting areas. A native grass would grow only six
inches and be a turf not bunch type, having a long growth period
before going to seed in the early fall. Rank clovers would remain
where livestock could utilize them and the pollinator plants would
thrive where we plant them.
would behave itself; neither being too plentiful nor to scarce.
Evening rains would be heavy enough to soak in deeply. It would
encourage roots to grow into the subsoil; mining essential minerals
and trace elements that help vegetables be most nutritious. The rain
would commence every third or fourth evening as needed, leaving many
evenings available for star gazing and counting fireflies.
pools would flourish deep in the forest providing habitats and
breeding places for salamanders and tree frogs, as well as keeping
mosquito larvae in a place for hungry tadpoles. No run-offs from
hillsides; as the plants would absorb the excess. The streams would
run clear without silt; encouraging alewives and other fish to breed
and spawn, assuring future generations for multiple uses.
ponds and lakes would be clear of invasive weeds and heavy loads of
nutrients, as boaters and waterfront homeowners would all be educated
in responsible water use and landscaping practices.
rich tapestry of plants would grow along the shore with a few natural
beaches for people to enjoy. Moose and muskrats, beavers and, otters
would all entertain the lakeside observer. White tailed deer would
keep to the woods and upper hillside meadows, leaving hostas and
arborvitae to grow undisturbed. White footed deer mice would not be a
host for ticks so deer and moose would be free of these debilitating
blood-suckers. Humans and their pets would avoid tick borne illness.
can see this ĎLand of Green Gingerí in sharp relief to
the landscape we need to navigate in reality. But on a sunny breezy
Spring day like the one Iím enjoying right this minute I am
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