My Latest Obsession

by Nicole Graves on August 4, 2014

Container garden

 

My Latest Obsession

My vegetable container garden is my latest OBSESSION.

I have always wanted a garden.  When saw other people’s gardens I was always in awe that they grew their own vegetables.  I am pretty sure that I was secretly envious.  I’d ask them questions about how they got started gardening, the planting seasons, and how long it takes to harvest a crop. They seemed so knowledgeable and had been raised around gardens and gardening.  That definitely wasn’t me.

You see, I have always wanted a garden, but there were obstacles to overcome.  First, I don’t like gardening at all.  I don’t like bugs biting me. I don’t like insects in the dirt. I have allergies.  I have never been one to enjoy spending the day working on the yard EVER.  So, it always seemed silly to want a garden.  But I wanted one.

We have a back yard big enough for several raised beds so I bugged my husband to build some boxes to start my organic garden.  He never obliged.  Probably because he knows that I hate gardening.

At the end of June, my cyber-buddy started a container garden.  I watched her progress daily on Facebook.  One minute she had pots of dirt, then little sprouts, then seedlings and then full out plants!

That’s when I knew that a container garden was EXACTLY what I was looking for!  I didn’t need to take up a lot of space, I didn’t have to get a degree in soil pH, and I didn’t have to know what I was doing.  I messaged her with a couple of questions about what I needed, ordered my non-gmo, non-hybrid, organic seeds and hit the nearest home depot.

The following weekend I planted carrots, red onions, cucumbers, beets, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, kale, lettuces, broccoli, collards, mustards, herbs, string beans, pumpkins, celery, and orange peppers.  I was amped at the fact I was going to save BIG BUCKS by growing my own organic produce for juicing and eating.

I have since become obsessed with my container garden.  I get excited every time I see a new sprout or bud.  I check on it several times a day just to see if there are any new developments.  I just stand out there and stare at the pots.  I water the plants regularly. I EVEN pluck bugs off the leaves.

Guess what?  I don’t hate gardening.  And, I don’t suck at it either.  Everything that I have planted has sprouted.  My little container garden has multiplied to several pots and buckets.

I enjoy going out in the yard every morning.  I like having my girls help me water the plants.  It’s therapeutic.  It’s a stress reliever.  I LOVE gardening.

I asked myself why I am so into this garden, and I have figured it out.  It ties back into what I post about daily on Facebook. You plant a seed, you nurture it, you fight off weeds and other pests, you watch it grow and develop, you go through challenges, you bounce back, you thrive, and you reap your harvest.

It’s simple. My container garden represents life and I love it!

Don’t be afraid to try something new.

 

Go to your destiny,

 

Nicole

 

Previous post:

Next post: