How to Pay Attention This Week
The soil under us has a lot to say if we know just how to listen to it
Since returning from our time away, I have spent every moment I can in the garden prepping it for rest. We had the first snow while we were gone, but it takes many days of cold to remove the warmth of summer from the soil.
The layers of brown are now present all around us on the hills, and if you looked at it all, you would think it is devoid of life. The truth is there is still a lot of life going on under the soil. As I have been removing the unwanted weeds that took over this summer in the garden while I enjoyed the draw of my children’s desire to be at the beach over the hilltop this summer, I have been seeing just how much life is still happening in the ground under us despite what is happening above in the trees and the rest of the landscape.
The soil is still rather warm when I place my fingers in it. Though it is far from summer's heat, I would guess it is still warm enough to sprout many seeds. This week, we will have a warm-up that will reach the 60’s, which has become increasingly common. It tells me the soil won’t be frozen for a bit yet, easing the tension on my shoulders of how quickly the garden needs to be put bed. I have time, even if a few snows are lingering in the distance in the weather apps.
So why is it important to pay attention to soil this time of year, and how do you do that?
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