Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm Addicted To Growing Things

I CAN'T stop opening the earth.
Seeding, planting, pruning, weeding, watering.
Red beans, northern beans, green beans,
blackeye peas, soybeans, cucumbers
and squash. Cantaloupe, watermelon,
honeydew, gourds and pumpkin. Peppers,
almost all the varieties, tomatoes,
zucchini, okra, potatoes, sweet potatoes
and apples trees. Lemon, tangerine, mango,
Asian pear, and avocado, too.

Can't forget the spring garden,
either. Cauliflower, collards, fennel,
golden beets and carrots. Arugula,
asparagus, mescalin, mustards and turnips.
Swiss chard, spinach, mizuna, mache,
radish and red beets. Broccoli, peas,
cabbage, celery and parsley. Thyme,
tarragon, rosemary, sage, basil and
cilantro. Leeks, red onions, scallions,
vidalia and chives.

The pure humus, fine and soft
as brown sugar, around the
giant oaks at the southwest corner
of the field looks sweet enough to eat.
Finding composted horse,
goat, and cow manure,
like coffee grounds, black and
pungent and eye opening,
like dark chocolate, rich and
dense and rush inducing,
beneath weeds, rocks, rotted plywood
all over the barnyard makes
my heart skip a beat.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Craig, you freak!

This is wonderful! It set up a tingling in my extremities. ;)

-TruthSeeker (can't remember my username)

bellybutton said...

Hey Craig,

Am on a remote location, it's M


Creative energy is growing as much as the garden

::

Yes, we can

Beth said...

God bless you. I feel so far removed from growing/planting/connecting with nature sometimes, and to see the fruits of your labors (the pics of your farm and the gardening and the stories behind it) is just so grounding for me, even from afar.

Craig Hickman said...

You all are so encouraging!