Yesterday J. and I went out to the field on his lunch hour so I could rattle around the garden and newly liberated windrow with the beautiful noise-maker pictured above. It's an extremely loud rattle that's well-suited to open space and offering ceremonial awakening blessings.
This morning I organized and phoned-in an order at the closest place that's doing curbside pickups for full-service gardening supplies. Got more straw, top soil, and a type of soil conditioner I've never used before. Two cases of half-pint canning jars and two additional boxes of extra lids for my existing bottle collection. Two bundles of 6 foot tomato stakes. We use them in so many ways around here.
The guy who helped me over the phone had to physically retrieve the canning jars and extra lids. He didn't put me on hold. I thus heard the other two people working phones complaining lavishly to each other about people phoning in massive orders and then being unreasonable about fulfillment turnaround time.
So when my guy got back on the phone and asked when I'd like to pick up my stuff I said 4 o'clock. It was then shortly after 10 a.m. The relief in his voice was quite noticeable. I felt a similar relief looking in the back of J's truck once he was home. We have the basics of what we need to continue building food-growing space with confidence.
Everything that's growing under lights is up save the basket flowers. All seedlings have their first set of true leaves. Some are very tiny but they're definitely there. It's time to begin planting tulsi one seedling per cell - in potting soil. Indeed - it's the season of perpetual tasks and to-do lists but it's also an enormous labor of love.
In the past I've grown roughly twice as many seedlings - when I was in my thirties twice more than that. Cutting back this year has been a big shift from my usual expansion mode but at the same time I'm leap-frogging forward in terms of getting the field in more functional shape. J. is an excellent influence that way and I'm also thankful to have his muscle and perceptual eye on hand for a few hours every day.
More death in our social sphere - this time right here in-state.
Taking a few offline re-calibration days. Making a point to mention that so nobody worries.