Wet Gardens

Tomato vines have spots of early blight
Because this cool rain falls both day and night.
The eggplants and the butternuts are slow
Because they need more sun than this to grow.
Our bean vines struggle slowly up their string
As mushrooms spring up amid everything.
More dangerous, the fungi that infect
Our curcurbits more each time I inspect.
Our shallow-rooted crops, however, love
This daily, nightly shower from above.
Basils, lettuces and sugar peas
Live long, grow strong, enjoy the kiss of bees.
Nothing’s wasted that falls on rich soil;
When, grateful, we bend to our muddy toil.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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