I am quietly surprised about how much I love growing fruit and veggies.
I used to think the garden was the domain of the old lady. The lady who’s hours are not filled with children and laundry and meal times – the garden was a nice distraction.
And it is a distraction, one that calls to me constantly at this time of the year.
Now the big jobs and the hard work are done, I potter around out there any chance I get, pulling occasional weeds, admiring flowers, stirring my witch’s brew (fertilizer), tut-tutting over whatever is eating my beans, watering, planting just a few more seeds no matter how late in the season it is.
But it’s more than a distraction too…
The garden is a place where my children collect ingredients for magic potions and poison concoctions.
The garden is a place where I find quiet. Just me and bees buzzing in the nasturtiums…
The garden is a place for secret feasts – berries warm from the sun, peas eaten pods and all, beans in purple and green… eat them right then and there and you won’t have to share!
The garden is a place where I plan and dream and plan some more.
The garden is a place where you find things you didn’t expect – a giant cucumber and six zucchinis that I am sure were not there yesterday.
The garden is a place where you can escape to, and avoid the bedtime routine because you totally forgot to water before dinner.
The garden is a place where money really does grow on trees, and vines, and bushes. It is a source of food that is entirely guilt free.
The garden is a place where I find peace… even when I didn’t know I was looking for it.
So here I am, not quite an old lady, with so much else I need to do, making the garden a priority as well as a distraction… and I am so pleased!
Do you have a garden?
What’s growing in your garden?
What are you dreaming of growing?
I share a lot of photos of our crazy veggie garden over on instagram,
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