I’m such a lapsed gardener.
Before knitting hit me, and I met you, and all THIS happened, I was curious about gardening—flowers and herbs, not vegetables. Vegetables always seemed too high stakes, too goal oriented. If a perennial flopped, nobody was going to starve.
Along with plant catalogs, plant dictionaries, and how-to-grow-plants books, I spent my fair share of time back in the previous millennium admiring whatever gardens happened to show up in Martha Stewart Living.
Margaret Roach was the garden editor at Martha Stewart Living for many years, before becoming editorial director. So I like to think that I’ve been admiring her ideas for a really long time.
Now, Margaret has an epic gardening enterprise, including a juicy website, awaytogarden.com, that explores vegetable and flower gardening from her light-hearted, straight-talking point of view. She reminds us that for her, gardening is not a hobby—it’s her spiritual practice. The older I get, the more this idea resonates with me.
I like this conversation with garden designer Susan Morrison, “The Less Is More Garden.”
It’s a conversation that really makes me want to rejigger my whole yard.
As soon as I finish knitting up this sleeve, I mean.