Spring into gardening
It's springtime so young (at heart) mens' thoughts
turn to ... gardening? Beats pushing up posies, eh?
Most pressing, of course, is the community garden.
Every year I use my grandfather's spade to turn soil
in a 6- by 10-foot plot that produces an amazing
amount of produce. Salads and snow peas are the
spring and fall gardens. Veggies like kohlrabi, okra,
potatoes, green beans and tomatoes (OK, the latter
technically are fruits) dominate the summer garden.
Annually, the hops vines deliver flavor to Sterner's
Bar & Grill's home-brewed ales and ever-bearing
strawberries reward each visit to weed and water
with nips of sweetness. In between everything grows
chilis, fresh cilantro, lemon grass, and other herbs.
Getting so much out of so little gives a great
inspiration to take notes at professional gardens.
New York City's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is an
awesome place to see native plants host migratory
and native species of animals, but it sprawls for
acres. To really see a thimble of soil sprout a
cosmos of calm? Visit Long Island's John P. Humes
Japanese Stroll Garden. Mosses, frogs, flowers and
ferns galore are lovingly tended here, and it's great
to see it as tones from the shakuhachi, the only
melodic Zen instrument, fill the air. Alas, it has no
Web site, but learn more at (516) 676-4486.