The process of growing our own food has been a pretty amazing experience. Watching our little seedlings grow from 2 inch plants to massive food producing greenery in a little over a month has been startling. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are nourishing your body with something that has come from your own backyard – the freshest, healthiest plants possible. Every day around noon I head out to the garden to check if anything is ready to be harvested… and every night after work I watch “J” do some weeding, watering, and tending to the plants. We have a system – if he grows it, I will cook it. It works out pretty well.
Of course with this being my first gardening experience, I am finding I like some things more than others… I love how fresh everything tastes straight from the garden, but I could do without the ridiculous amount of earwigs, and the amount of time it takes to scrub every leaf of lettuce clean. I love the accessibility and how I can literally walk ten steps and have a vast array of fresh herbs at my fingertips, but I could do without the bird eating our strawberries, and the fact that some bug has destroyed most of our bok choy. It’s a give a take relationship.
The days go by, the plants get taller… and any day now I will be enjoying tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers… any day now…
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