Right now, we are starting to clean up and put gardens to bed. In about another week or so, it will be time to begin harvesting from the gardens. I have visited with many of you over the summer and listened to the gardening joys, struggles, and challenges. Just like last year, I saw tulips bloom in the spring that amazed me they could grow that huge in a raised bed and fall right in time for veggie planting; I saw struggling gardens last year turn into thriving gardens this year just from a little amending; I tasted the juiciest and brightest red strawberry in Manhattan; I saw purple, green zebra striped, and yellow tomatoes surprise even the most skeptical gardener (they were quite surprised at how wonderful they tasted); and I watched pumpkin after pumpkin grow bigger and they’re still growing. It was a great season and one we should all be proud. Watching tiny seeds survive a heavy rainstorm, only to sprout up in the hot summer sunshine, and then for their lovely colorful flowers to produce such a flavorful plate full of delicacies…. it’s no wonder why we crave putting our hands in the dirt each season.
Johni founded Sage Gardeners in 2010. She primarily focuses her talents and energy as the executive director, program director, communications, fundraising, and development director, and most importantly, volunteer coordinator. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Denver in environmental science and environmental policy (respectively), a level two Master Gardener certificate, horticultural therapy student, and warm weather seeker.