by Patricia Bradley
HOW DOES MY GARDEN GROW?
Once upon a time, I had a garden that had sixteen rows that were a hundred feet long. (See photo and no, that’s not me—it was my mother-in-law). We had four rows of green beans and tried our best to give them away. Except for a few people, most wanted me to pick them, and one person even wanted me to cook them and bring the dish to him. Uh, no.
I’ve never thought about having a garden since. Until this year, and I still don’t have a garden…but there were these two tomato plants that just popped up out of nowhere next to my house. I have no idea where they came from or how they got there. But I now have two very healthy plants bearing my favorite tomatoes—what I call Tommy Toes or grape tomatoes.
Writing this post made me remember the fun we had growing a garden that year. We had strawberry plants, and those were the best strawberries I’ve ever eaten! And squash…Oh.My.Goodness. We had so many squash vines—that’s the year I learned how to pickle squash. And the cucumbers outdid themselves, but I learned not to wait until evening to pick them after they’d been sitting in the hot sun all day. They’ll be bitter if you do.
…Maybe I should start a garden. Evidently, I have a greener thumb than I thought. Usually if someone wants to kill a plant, they give it to me. But maybe I could grow green beans again. Not in one-hundred-foot rows, though.
Maybe I’ll get a few cabbage slips and put them out. Nah. Last time I did that, we ended up with a $35 head of cabbage. What? You’ve never eaten a $35 cabbage? That’s what mine cost that year after we set out $35 worth of cabbage slips. Rabbits ate all but one. I guarded that sucker until it got big enough to eat and then I cooked it!
Do you have a garden? If you do, what grows in it? If you don’t, I’m afraid this post might make you never want one.
I don't have a real garden. I have a balcony with a few pots on it, but I'm inordinately proud of my little pots! I have cherry tomatoes, peas, geraniums, and strawberries. That's the vast extent of my gardening out there. But with this pandemic, it's so heartening to see something grow.
Every year that I've tried to grow something other than petunias, it's failed. But this year, everything has been growing beautifully! It's almost like my little balcony is making up for the other stresses, and I'm truly grateful for it.
In this picture, the day is rainy, which has been most of our summer so far! So if anyone wants to trade us some sun, I'd take it. 😉
I hope you are all finding your own little pockets of calm, too.