On Land

Dog watching man plant garlic

Strong dirty fingers

Firmly press the ripened bulb

Deep in damp dark soil


n.b. Our essential connection to nature begins with getting our hands dirty as children when we play outside digging. As we do so we build our natural immunities through our exposure to the earth.

Immense pleasure can be derived from using our hands and fingers to push into the soil, open the earth and planting next summer’s crop.

I recently planted one hundred garlic cloves. Each bulb containing a piece of nature’s magic that will more than fully repay the invested effort. As I placed the cloves into the soil I imagined their subterranean uncurling and the fresh green shoots pushing up into the air and sunlight. I wonder how many will make it to the kitchen this year?


CLP 02/01/2020


  1. Yeah, gardening is something I’ve always loved. It’s wonderful to have your own home-grown garlic! We Indians love it a lot! It’s an important part of our lentil dishes, our dips and chutneys. Best wishes, Christopher! And do keep us updated about how your work progresses!


    1. Thank you so much, Christopher. There was a time when I planted a lot of tomatoes, chillies and eggplant when I was living in my hometown in Jorhat. But ever since my relocation to Guwahati( it’s a city with quite a bit of space constraints), I haven’t got around to planting anything yet, but I do intend to resume sometime in the future.


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