Gettin’ My Garden On!

Finally a weekend without rain, snow, or freezing temperatures. People emerged from their caves in force this weekend, squinting at the bright object in the sky. What is this strange light? Where is the warmth coming from? It was an odd happening for sure! We haven’t seen the sun and warm weather for months. What do you do when the sun comes out full force and it is finally warm outside? You garden!

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My Garden Beds on the Side of the House. No Veggies Yet!

About a month ago raised beds were installed next to my rental house. Since leaving the apartment complex this is the first semblance of a real garden since I separated from my ex-husband in 2013. I had a great garden at my old house, fenced in and set up in a cool geometric pattern. There were strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and more-a cool kitchen garden that I designed and loved. Since then, transitioning to a crappy apartment was not ideal and gardening was nearly impossible. I moved to the house I’m in now last August. It is a small home in a former military neighborhood not far from work. The houses aren’t exactly what I would call luxurious, but it is very affordable, the neighborhood is pretty good, and my neighbors are very nice.

Princess Daphne Overseeing the Garden

I love to garden. Flowers, herbs, veggies – I love them all! Last fall I made a plan to have a small raised bed garden where I could grow some plants and satisfy that need to get my hands dirty. It is relaxing to work the soil. Plus there’s the benefit of eating the veggies you grow! Growing up I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have a large garden. My only thought was how I hated weeding and that was my job. But since then I have found that gardening is part of me. I’m not saying I’m an ace gardener, because that is far from the truth. Many times it’s more like a science experiment to see what I can do and sometimes I succeed. Yesterday I planted red and white onions, potatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, spinach, and lettuce. It’s not that warm here yet so it’s too early to plant the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other tender plants like them.

Now time will tell if I’m a good garden mama or not. The seeds *hopefully* will germinate in about 10 days and with some luck I’ll harvest some veggies in a month or two. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, my sore hamstrings are reminding me of my hard work every time I attempt to sit or stand. That’s ok, it made for an interesting day at work and riding my bike this afternoon. That said, stay tuned for more on my veggie babies!

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