“As for the winter, when the freezing rains confine the farmer, he may employ himself in preparations for serener seasons.” - Virgil’s First Georgic by Robert Fitzgerald
Every year I plant my gardens and start new plants in my greenhouse. Every year I complain that despite my efforts nothing happens the way I think it should. And every year I learn valuable lessons not just about agriculture but life.
Gardening enhances our quality of life in numerous ways: providing fresh food, exercise and health benefits, and opportunities for life-long learning. A garden experience fosters ecological literacy and stewardship skills, enhancing an awareness of the link between plants and cycles of life.
This is the spirit of Georgics. Man’s struggle against the hostile natural world that can be overcome through hard work. Taking the time alone, turning off the myriad of electronic devices, and listening to what nature has to say.