Things to be thankful for

It seems like every year I go back to writing a thank you column for the same things. We live in a garden of fruits and vegetables and can grow anything our little heart desires, except for a few heat lovers. Of course, some things need to be treated annually because our winter is very cold, but we can still enjoy the summer months and then replace the winter crops with the rest of the year. Thank you for our mild sea climate, which gives us the opportunity to create lush and diverse landscapes.

Of course, none of these differences can be overcome without hard work in the fruit and vegetable industry. At your local grocery store, at a local grocery store, mega home improvement center or locally owned garden, all of these retailers should eventually get the plants from flower and shrub growers and face all the local growers. Similar dangers and dangers for food farmers. Believe me, it is not an easy way to make a living, but as consumers, we are grateful that there are individuals who are willing to sacrifice their lives for this profession. The products they produce are food for our souls and are just as important as meat and potatoes that we stick to our mouths. Thanks to the farmers of the world, no matter what their harvest.

After a hot summer with three-dimensional temperatures, the much-needed rain in early fall was refreshing. I felt a great relief from the bushes and lawns around me – I always expected them to burn suddenly. I always marvel at the resilience of nature, even though there are man-made habitats where we store plants. Let us appreciate their ability to prosper and to endure our neglect and abuse.

After spending most of 2020 working on the soil in my backyard, I spent planting this year, and oh I never did. More than 300 species of shrubs, trees, and perennials have infiltrated the garden in some order and design, and although I have to confess at this point, it often looks like a plant podge. Next year should start to take shape and I am sure some things will move, a few will die on their own, a lot will increase, and further good adjustment will keep me busy a lot during the summer. I’m just happy to be able to achieve this year and thank you and look forward to the next one. There are still many plants on the “must have” list that I can find some way home. Wish me well!

Finally, in the midst of the ever-expanding political and social upheavals, I am grateful for my garden. The problems of the world are enormous and sometimes seem insurmountable. When I baptize myself in my backyard, everything passes, even for just a few hours. We should all be grateful for gardens, public or private, large or small. Natural and man-made green space must be valued, except for the protection of our health for no apparent reason. Thanks to all of you who help make gardening the world a better place.

Steve Smith owns Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville and can be reached at


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