While up at my community garden today, and dealing with the almost daily weeding task, I thought about those who have attempted to garden only to be discouraged by the amount of work it takes.
Yes, gardening is fun for some of us. But, we have to have patience, to wait for those plants to mature. We also have to have dedication. To go out there in the heat or the rain or the cold, to weed and water.
We had a few changes at our community gardens already this year. It is a daunting task when you begin. Before you figure out the rhythm necessary to keep it going. To keep it weed free. To keep it pest free.
To harvest during the peak season. To protect it from the elements.
Still it is rewarding when you get that bumper crop. When the tomatoes start to go nuts.
When the zucchini are out of control.
I find it therapeutic to weed. To spend the time nurturing those plants.
And right now it’s fun to watch those baby killdeer running everywhere.
You too can have a garden. Start small. Maybe some herbs to add to dinner. Maybe a small salad table. Maybe just a tomato plant in a pot.
Nothing like fresh, home grown treats that you made yourself.