After moving into a house last fall, I was most excited about taking over the garden. This spring, I quickly learned that after blogging, reading all of the Internet, organizing events for artists, making my own art, and, you know, doing other junk around the house… I don’t have a ton of time to garden. At least in the daylight hours. If it’s light outside and I’ve finished all my indoors/schedule-dependent tasks, other stuff comes first: mowing the lawn. Cleaning out the garage. Important repairs.
And then I saw Susie Bauer’s post on Rock Scissor Paper, in which she shares her own revelation: after her husband surprises her by framing out a vertical garden panel she’d bought, she’s afraid she won’t have time to plant in it.
My first thought was that I’d try to fill this frame up with plants during the busy weekend, and then I said to myself “Why not do it right now?” The answer to myself was a resounding “YES!” It was a beautiful night, so why postpone doing something I’ve been wanting to do for so long. We have twinkle lights strung up over our patio table and Will came out and clamped a few spotlights from the workshop out there, too. This transformed our patio into a beautiful, magical, gardening stage of sorts. Just look…
On the same afternoon, I found kledu’s night gardening snap.
And then I thought, of course. I have lights outside! I can save the gardening for the end of the day! And so now, many nights I do my watering and sometimes even a little weeding.
Okay, so not as pretty as the first two, but it’s pleasant and quiet and I can get my work done.
Though I’ve heard of night gardens before, I’m only now seeing flickers of mentions about gardening at night. Maybe it’s a product of, you know, busy modern life and all that. Or maybe the internet age is just growing up and starting to garden, and we all stay up too late.