‘Twas two days before Solstice…

December 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm 3 comments

By Dee Reid

’Twas two days before Solstice,

When Winter should come,

Not a great day for gardeners

Or so would say some.

But I went to the garden

With chores to complete,

Turn the soil,

Fill with compost

And dream about heat.

Still grieving the freeze,

The ice and the snow,

Not expecting to find

Much at all left to grow.

No tomatoes, no squash,

Not even my Chard

(My Rainbow had fallen,

I took this quite hard.)

When I tore off the Reemay

What the heck did appear?

Four heads of lettuce

With nothing to fear

No bugs, no mice.

Nor snakes, nor deer

Them greens were sturdy

At the end of the year.

Still tender, still tasty

Their leaves green and red

I thanked them

For thriving

All snug in their bed.

Yes, winter has come

The garden is spare

Still we must thank Earth

For what IS still there.

So take to your gardens

And tend to your beds

Protect what you sowed

Use your hearts

And your heads.

The planet will feed us

And give us a hand

If we all do our part

And take care of the land.

–Happy holidays y’all.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. edibleearthscape  |  December 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    How beautiful and true!

    Reply
  • 2. Camille Armantrout  |  December 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    What fun!

    We are also thankful for the lettuce that survived this cold weather tucked in its covered bed. As well as the cabbage (not tucked in) which doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all. And some brave collards.

    Bob pulled up the rest of the beets this weekend and although they were frozen, they will make a very nice chocolate beet cake for Christmas day.

    Happy Holidays!

    Reply
    • 3. Sustainable Grub  |  December 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Glad to hear it, Camille. It feels like a miracle every time I find the garden still cranking. Happy holidays to you both!

      Reply

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