Monday, January 10, 2011
A Letter from My Therapist, Dr. Hortfreud
How is your winter going so far? I hope you had a restful holiday and that in between working and whatever else it is you do to wile away the hours of winter, you are finding some time to think about the garden this spring.
Remember our last therapy session, late last fall? I believe it was on a Friday shortly after Thanksgiving. You came home from work late in the afternoon and in a matter of an hour, managed to put some Christmas lights on the crabapple tree out front, then cut back, and chip and shred, three of the six ‘October Skies’ asters along the sidewalk.
When we met that day, you talked quite a bit about your grand plans for the garden, especially the vegetable garden.
I’m writing to remind you of those plans and the action items we listed for you to take this winter. Please take those actions now so that when we meet again in mid-March for the sowing of peas, you won’t be all whiny about not following through on those plans, or following through too late.
If you don’t take action, you’ll regret it, and I’ll be disappointed in you as well because we made such good progress in our therapy sessions in the garden last year.
Promise me you’ll make some calls?
The rotted boards around those raised beds in the vegetable garden aren’t going to magically un-rot over the winter. You know that. We’ve gone over that. If you want some help with replacing them, you need to call early so that you can get the help lined up before everyone gets busy.
I’ll check in on you in a few weeks to make sure you’ve made those calls and also find out how your seed catalog therapy is going. I assume you’ll need my help deciding which seeds to order. You always do. Plus, we can discuss that new crop you’ve decided to grow. It sounds intriguing!
In the meantime, please know my fees have not changed for this year and I’ll be available whenever you need me. Just start gardening, or thinking of plants, and I’ll be there.
Dr. V. Q. Hortfreud, HD (Doctor of Hortotherapy)