Yesterday the board members of our community garden shut down the water system for the winter. The faucets are now dry and the hoses are tucked away neatly in the shed. This marks the true end of the gardening season here.
But wait! It's not completely the end, is it?
No, in some respects it's actually the beginning. At least that's how I see it when it comes to garlic. I was delightfully surprised yesterday to see that our new garlic plants have just begun to emerge from the ground. New, beautiful green sprouts.
When all else is shutting down and dying away, there is life beginning anew. Quietly, steadily... One season ends. A new one begins.