"The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig."
- Texas Bix Bender, Don't Throw in the Trowel
I was once told by a wise, experienced, gardener that the one way to tell when the weather is ready to plant in the Okanagan is to stare up at the hills. If the mountains are free of snow, then you're safe. I have followed that advice for years, and never had an issue with planting too early.
The minor heatwave that we all so wonderfully experienced definitely sped the process up. It also reminded us that summer is really just around the corner, adding some distinct but necessary stress to the situation. Here at Paynters, we THRIVE under pressure. The more the better, especially when combined with coffee.
So, the time to plant and get this show on the road is upon us. Over the past week the tractors have been exercised, the plastic has been laid, the workers have been told. It's officially time to kick start our bodies into summer working shape.
I'm personally not impressed by how sore I am after a minor 4 hours of planting. I'm a fairly active person, and I expected this year to be a walk in the park. Apparently not. I awoke the next day with my lower back angry, my squatting muscles distinctly unimpressed, and my confidence shot.
Needless to say, with such an awesome crew of cool cats working together the process continues to flow smoothly. All the new varities of zuchinni and tomatoes also makes us squeal with delight. We can't wait to try them all, and especially share these new culinary treats with you.
But for now, we will continue to battle with the dirt under our nails, stretch our backs out with yoga, and generally remember that old saying about the fruits of our labour.