Much of the work around our farm requires a great deal of bustling, lifting, hauling, and heaving, but there’s one that is pure relaxation: watering.
I really like watering my gardens. Seeing the water droplets cascade onto parched leaves and sink deep into the soil, causing the plants to perk right up. I like how the colors change once the film of dust is removed. They intensify, deepen, and look so fresh and clean that you can’t help but breathe easier.
I also love the smell of damp earth and sodden hay, drenched leaves and wet wood, how a mere sprinkling of water can draw out the heady fragrances of rosemary, lavender, and dill.
And I really like how it looks. There’s something quite magical about crystalline water droplets clinging to stalks, stems, and blossoms.
Watering is such a peaceful chore, almost meditative as you watch the spray fall to the earth, shimmering in the sunlight, pattering gently onto cabbages and apple trees, sugar snap peas and radishes. It’s my “just breathe and let the cares of the world fall away” time. As the clutter in my whirring brain dissipates, I’m able to gently work through niggling issues, find resolutions to problems, and clarify what to do next. I like that. Giving life to the gardens while renewing my own.
After a morning spent watering our five gardens and three orchards, I’m definitely ready for something hearty, nourishing, and cool. Even in winter, working for hours in the sun makes me crave cooling foods.
This week my favorite dish has been chicken salad filled with lusciously sweet prunes, earthy sorrel, and sprightly mint, coated with a creamy, cinnamon-y dressing. Yep, it hits the spot nicely.
Do you like watering your garden? xo
Chicken Prune Salad with Sorrel and Mint
2 cups chicken, roughly chopped
¾ cup prunes, chopped
1 handful sorrel leaves, chopped
¼ mint leaves, removed from stem (if large, chop)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp runny honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 sprig mint leaves for garnish
- In large bowl place chicken, prunes, sorrel leaves, and mint leaves. Toss to combine.
- In small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, honey, cider vinegar, and cinnamon.
- Pour dressing over chicken mixture and stir well to coat. Garnish with mint leaves.
- Serve immediately or chill in fridge until ready to use.