Our Binghamton, New York community garden has been plowed and staked. It is ready for planting. This year, possibly for the last time, we have two plots.
But are we?
For someone whose Twitter handle is "@RamblinGarden", I don't blog a whole lot about gardening, do I?
In recent years, I've not been gardening that much. My spouse has taken up the main responsibilities for various reasons. But now, we are torn in several directions and I am not sure either one of us is going to have the energy to make two garden plots successful. Last year, due to unexpected responsibilities, we never even got much of our garden planted.
No matter what they say about age being a number, that number weighs heavy on each of us. Which is why it is more important than ever to remain young.
Over thirty years ago, we homesteaded in rural Arkansas. After a 40 hour paid-labor work week and a one hour (each way) commute to my city job, my spouse and I could stay up some nights to midnight and can, freeze, weed, or whatever. Or do some of the many chores our little homestead demanded. And somehow, we found the energy. (Of course, there was no Internet, and no social media. Coincidence?)
Perhaps, if we had kept up this lifestyle, we still would have had all that energy. But now, at the end of a workday, I don't want to can or freeze. I do some flower gardening at home. I blog. I take pictures. I feel so tired by 7pm. And my spouse feels the tiredness, too.
But we know we have to keep doing what we like to do. "Use it or lose it" is truth.
So today, those onion plants are going to go in (today, spouse prepared the ground). Soon, we will be out there sowing seeds. If you are traveling north on I-81, just north of Binghamton, and see gardeners located in a park, wave and say "hi".
We'll wave back at'cha.
What do you do to "stay young"?