How strange that nature does not knock,
and yet does not intrude!
~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper
Of course, Ms. Dickinson was not planting a garden. A garden, especially a vegetable garden, is no natural thing and nature can intrude. Good fences make good neighbors of nature and the gardener. A gardener, knowing what he must keep out, builds a gate to allow only him access to the harvest. It need not be beautiful to exclude the woodchucks and the deer, for what do they know of hinges, frames and latches!
cup of tea, and a book on CD
We shall see what things there are that don’t respect a fence.
But I dearly hope that I’ll have some tomatoes before that!