Pasture Garden

Every inch of the earth holds a story within its folds. Our pasture garden, which boasted an immense array of blossoms last summer, was no exception. Its transformation from a field littered with boulders and nails to a vibrant, teeming garden has been nothing short of miraculous, reflecting nature’s resilience and tenacity. But, as we came to realize, the process was also a journey of discovery and experimentation.

When we first stepped foot onto the field that was to become our pasture garden, it was far from promising. Instead of fertile soil, we found ourselves wading through remnants of a time long past. Boulders, once part of a long-lost structure, peeked through the grass, while nails and debris hinted at the garden’s industrial past. We stood amidst nature’s memory, fascinated yet unsure of what we would unearth as we ventured deeper into the land.

But undeterred, we began our quest to breathe new life into the abandoned land. This marked the start of our summer of experimentation. The aim was simple – to learn, to understand the soil, and the various aspects of the land before deciding what to plant.

One of the essential parts of this process was learning about the land’s pH levels, nutrient availability, and the physical structure of the soil. This knowledge would help us understand what plants could flourish in our pasture garden. Equally important was understanding the garden’s microclimates, the sunny and shady spots, the wind-torn corners, and the dew-laden valleys.

As we dove deeper into understanding our land, we began to see its potential. We envisioned it teeming with life, blooming with a multitude of colors and textures. We took our first experimental step with lavender. While it seemed promising, the lavender, unfortunately, didn’t make it, reinforcing our belief that each plot of land has its unique characteristics that one must embrace and work with rather than against.

But as one chapter ended, another began. This time, we turned our attention to sunflowers. Sunflowers, with their bright, cheerful demeanor and adaptability, seemed like a good fit for our hilltop garden. To our delight, they not only survived but flourished, transforming the once desolate hilltop into an oasis of joy.

This summer of experimentation has been an enlightening experience. We learned that to create a thriving garden, we need to listen to the land, understand its nuances, and respond with respect and patience. It’s a give and take relationship. This journey with our pasture garden has not only been a voyage of horticultural discovery but also a lesson in resilience, adaptation, and the beauty of nature’s persistence.

As the sunflowers sway happily in the summer breeze, we look forward to the next phase of our garden’s transformation, knowing that every step will bring new discoveries and lessons. This is just the beginning, and we’re excited to continue on this adventure with our pasture garden, come what may.

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