There is an old song “Count your blessings.” I was thinking of this and its relevance to gardening. There are many ways it is relevant; there are many blessings to be gained from gardening. However, in an unusually dry year is there a blessing? A “bright side”?
As I was looking at my garden, the dust, the rock-hard, dry soil, and the need to irrigate, I began to notice the bright side – there are very few weeds growing in my garden. Where I irrigate there will be weeds, but that is where I will need to manage weeds – another bright side! Where I do not irrigate, there will be no, or at least, few weeds.
So in this dry year, I will count my blessings, I will see the bright side. Then when the rains do come I will enjoy the moisture and enjoy the silver lining to the clouds, literally and figuratively. I will see the blessings!