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Planting This Summer's Garden Today

Updated on April 22, 2015
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, and publishing such books as his "Haiku American Style."



Setting The Scene

"Fragrances it must have been which stirred my thoughts out there. The sunset and twilight did the rest.

American families seem smaller these days. The kitchen stoves are electric or gas. Even fireplaces come in their own 'buy and be happy' phoniness, at best stirring memories of real fireplaces that snapped, crackled, and popped down to glowing embers instead of the canned seven seconds rotations of artificial flames.

Did we lose 'real life' somewhere along the path called 'progress'?

Or is it still lingering to be harvested in gardens at twilight?"


An excerpt from "Just In From The Garden" Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

The Annual Rite of Casting Seeds....

It isn't exactly "casting seeds" anymore, unless we are referring to a new lawn or patching its bare spots. Planting this summer's garden today is more of a science, mixed in with back straining work the way I do it.

Oh, sure the grown or purchased transplants are a simple dig and insertion, but the rows of vegetables are line upon line, short or long, of shallow or deeper trenches to which water is liberally added along with seeds at just the right depth and row at a time with a prayer that what is laid to rest will rise again in glorious profusion, a cornucopia of summer and fall plenty.

I admit that I'm assisted in my efforts by a gas rototiller that stirs up, but doesn't totally eliminate the weeds, perhaps because the rototiller is mixing some of their seeds into the areas where the plantings take place.

At least using the rototiller can keep the rows neatly alternated between freshly turned brown soil, and the green "whatevers," and in the process the garden cycle persists with its annual contest between edible treasures and occasionally edible weeds..

Later on we will have more zucchinis and cucumbers than even the neighbors can help us consume, and extra spinach that may go to seed rather than to a kettle. But there is a rhythm to life that calls for planting something each spring, be it an indoor pot, a balcony planter, or a whole garden. It's in our genes somehow persisting as an act of self-preservation.

So it is that this day becomes this year's ritual of toil, hope, and faith; toil that is my investment in tradition, hope for the future, and faith....even that of a mustard seed.


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Gardening Poems & Limericks

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    Do you ever feel that by gardening all you are doing is raising stronger, healthier weeds? Here is a short "misery loves company" poem you will enjoy.

Marriage And The Garden Hose

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    Regardless of where a relationship starts, communication is essential to preserving it, just as a garden hose is essential to getting water from the faucet to the garden areas where it is needed. This article compares caring for a garden hose, and ca

What life was like in those "good old days" when family was everything.

Some other titles:

Limerick of Summer

Sprouts The Sure Hope of Spring

Limericks From The Garden

From The First Turn Of The Soil

Just In From The Garden

The fall harvest begins in the spring.



Have you already planted, or will you be planting, something this spring?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - The same with some boiled egg slices and a good Thousand Island or Russian dressing will make a great salad, too. Go for it!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, cucumber, zucchini, and spinach. We could make a wonderful stir fry atop rice noodles.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      jpcmc - Roses, sunflowers, orchids, and fruits? You are making everyone jealous who reads this. But, the rewards for each of us who will be gardening this year around the world are the same as those you mention.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      In this new season of 2015 we are all growing something, even if it is just an attitude. Keep growing the fine one you have.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub to introduce the new growing season. Spring is an exciting time of year for gardeners!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - I had a $2,000 pinhole leak in the water main from the meter to my house. Understandably the plumbers over-filled the hole to allow the soil to settle. Darned if that doesn't look like a garden spot (though I considered putting up a R.I.P. sign on it last Halloween.) Now it looks like an ideal spot for a pansie patch with a few bulbs also.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Planting for me is a way to get in touch with nature. Plus it is a great way to get rid of my stress. My roses and sun flowers are blooming, my orchids are showing off as well. There is just a sense of accomplishment when your garden starts to produce beautiful flowers and fruits.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like your perspective on why we keep planting and what it really means to us. Good read!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      whonunuwho - The other "reward" is the one of watching the partnership with God producing results even if this specific one is only vegetables and fruits.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mary615 - The days 20 and 21 April are the traditional days for planting gardens without fear of a heavy frost here in Utah, thus the readon for "Today."

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      There is something most rewarding about planting your own garden and then harvesting it. Nice work my friend. whonu

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Yes. It is that time of the year when we gardeners get busy tilling the soil and planting the seeds!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Mhatter99 - I will share my vegetables, if you will share the weeds.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      thank you for this - I miss my garden