Sunday, April 26, 2009

Green Thumb...

Do you have one? I do. I must have inherited it from my mother. She has one, and our home growing up was always filled with plants. And I can't remember a house we lived in that didn't have a garden in it, small or large.

I love gardening. Indoor or out, I get some kind of satisfaction in it. A calming, proud, and relaxing feeling comes over me. That I made THAT grow! From a seed, a branch, a seedling or a plant, I made it thrive and grow. When I come home from a bad day at work or am feeling overly stressful, I will head straight for my garden and yard. I will water, fuss and pluck in it. I sort my thoughts as I am doing it. I will feel the tension flow from my shoulders down my arms and out into my plants. I love the monotonous feeling of watering them. Of knowing I am giving them life.

I can not explain it. It's magical almost. I feed them love and they shower me back with bright greenery.

This year in my garden, I have planted:
Broccoli (my first attempt and man are they huge already!)
Jalapeno Peppers
2 kinds of Tomatoes
Butter Lettuce
Romain Lettuce

Last year my garden got so big, I had to pull a bunch of plants in order to keep some thriving and producing. The bigger plants were shielding the smaller. So this year I really put more thought into placement and took into consideration shade from surrounding areas. I also mixed a very good Compost into the soil. I didn't do it last year, and my garden thrived wonderfully just the same. But my sisters Zucchini were double the size of mine and her tomatoes producing much faster then mine. I learned she had used a compost and decided to try my hand with it this year.

So far so good...I will try and snap some pics and document the progress. If I had thought of this sooner, you could see how in just one month time since I planted, my broccoli has tripled in size!

I can't wait to get back home and run to check my garden out! My DH already announced him and the kiddos were going to eat my strawberries that ripened while I was gone. Bummer I missed the first crop!


1 comment:

Leah said...

I WISH I was into gardening, and had the first clue what I was doing... I love having plants and flowers, but I'm not so into the weeding and taking time to water part of things... LOL A lot of the lack of watering is purely that I totally forget for days on end. Before I had kids, I had at least nine different house plants, and a fairly decent yard. Yeah, not anymore...