I refuse to be bummed out about my pathetic garden. I guess I should be, though. We spent several hundred dollars to plant and feed and water it. So far, I have only harvested a handful of beans, a few pitiful ears of corn and some already bitten or pecked tomatoes. Here is today's harvest.
MMMMM! I could eat for a week on such bounty!
Okay, sarcasm aside, I am actually pleased with my beautiful garden.
For one thing_ I did it! I planted and tended a garden here in the desert.
The green leaves of all the vegetables and pretty blossoms of the nasturtiums remind me of my West Virginia home. I love to look out my window and see it thriving and full of life. So really, I have been feasting for months on the eye-candy that it affords.
For another thing, I am learning a great deal. I planted my corn too close. It is a hungry plant. I didn't assist my summer squash to bear fruit. I didn't tie up my tomatoes in time, and now it is too late. My beans aren't easy to harvest where I put them, so I am reluctant to do it. I planted peas too late and didn't protect them. I have to create better soil next time and fertilize more often. I have to protect everything from all the damn birds, especially red things like tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries. If a plant gets stressed it is more likely to attract harmful insects.If I don't listen to what experienced gardeners say, then I have to find out the hard and expensive way. And finally, there's something with little teeth out there that likes only one or two bites of everything.
"And yet, I am unmoved."
I LOVE gardening. I believe that soon I will be very successful with it.