The season is starting to grow! It seems yet too cold to utilize the lovely greenhouse that my Dad built last year. The saving grace glass house, built from 10 sliding glass doors, has been highly utilized and appreciated. Unfortunately, it is not perfectly air tight and with consistent frosty mornings and days, where pine needles and human bones struggle to thaw, I opted for an indoor kick-start. Here, on an old metal shelf, I’ve towered trays of onions seeds. I have heard no cries of unsatisfaction, as the sun shines in. Mt. Shasta smiles through the frame of the window and the ambient house warmth keeps soil hospitable and encouraging.
After a very positive response towards last year’s fresh and cured onions, I decided to increase the crop this year. Scattered in these trays are future French Onions soups, sweet crunchy rings of the Siskiyou Sweet, elegant purple torpedo shaped Tropea and the patiently cured paper skins of red and yellow varieties, for 2014 storage. Yes, the yummy year begins.
Green energy starts to fill the house as the first seeds germinate. They’re yogic presence is rejuvenating, energizing, calming, these happy little lights already representing such gratitude. From delicate charcoal-like seeds, the onions seedlings start to emerge. They slowly rise up and stay suspended, stretching themselves out in a new life welcoming: downward dog. As many of us could, they stay there, looped with the soil, relaxed, breathing. Slowly they rise, bring their heads and arms up, welcoming the sunny day. They take a look at the mountain and offer up a gift, their hollow seed pod.
That looks like they are rising up into sun salutation to me! This picture really makes me want to stretch! We are a few weeks away from onion seedingl. Can’t wait!
Yes Meg, definitely sun salutations!
The promise of spring. Bring it on!
I love it! What cool photos, and great words to match. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Cindy and Ashley. I can’t wait to share with you both!!
How heartwarming to see these cheery little onions emerging from the soil on a cold and wintry day! Ingrid
Great to see that you are starting early this year! The onion starts look lovely.
I’m not sure if it’s the onions or your sweet words that’s making me cry.
Kate: Pure poetry! and I can’t wait to buy some starts from you and put them in my geodesic dome greenhouse, where the broccoli and chard are already standing tall (70 degrees in the dome today).
Lovely post! Can sense the oneness with nature in the words and thoughts