On Land

Dog watching man plant garlic

Strong dirty fingers

Firmly press the ripened bulb

Deep in damp dark soil

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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?

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CLP 02/01/2020