I finally planted my garden yesterday, and I felt rather proud. This year's garden is bigger than in the past - I didn't plant anything last year because we had new landscaping put in mid-June and I didn't know if they were going to leave a patch of earth. But they did, so this year, instead of just tomatoes, I added green peppers, onions and cucumbers. If all goes well, I'll have a tasty salsa - all for the price of some plants (about $10)!
I also designed a planter in our front yard (see above). We have deep plum shutters and much of our landscaping reflects that, so I wanted to continue the trend with the planter. My friend Jessie is an excellent flower gardener, so I looked to her for advice on what to do. I have to say, I'm happy with how it turned out!
This is probably a sentiment as old as time, but I think a garden is miraculous. I mean, really - I bought some small plants that will grow larger and yield some stuff at the end that I can eat (it looks puny now, but I'll post another photo later in the growing season). When you think about it, isn't that amazing?
I'm sure real farmers don't have time to look at their crops this way - or maybe they do. I don't know. I just think it's so cool that I have control over a small patch of land. I can see why this gardening thing can become addictive - but I have to watch myself or I'll become overzealous and baby the plants. Too much love is a bad thing when it comes to plants; I found that out a couple of years ago when I overwatered some tomatoes and they got all yellow and weird looking, and not very good to eat.
So tell me - is it just me, or do all you gardeners out there feel the same way when YOU plant? I'd love to know. Maybe I'm showing my garden newbie-ness, but....hooray for growing your own food! :D