“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” – David Hobson
Late winter, I started my garden inside and on the porch. I had researched and bought seeds to what varieties I wanted to try growing this year. I planted lettuce, marigolds, cilantro, Thai basil, jalapeno, and poblano peppers in the milk jug greenhouses. Trying something new, I got specific grow bags to try growing carrots. I bought seedling soil-less soil. I installed my seed starter heat mat and my grow light. I planted 2 or 3 seeds per cell in my seedling trays. Then I wait.
After a few weeks, my seeds have sprouted. In the past, I plant more seeds than come up as seedlings. This time, almost all of the seeds sprouted!! Way more plants that I can use. I counted 126 tomato plants (in 10 varieties) and 70 sweet pepper plants (in 6 varieties)!!! Way more than I have space in the garden for. Even with a 780 square foot garden! I still wanted to plant peas, beans, squash, and flowers. So I share. I share with church folks, family, and friends. I can’t wait for harvest time!
The garden continues to teach me patience. These pictures I took in March. I had hopes to post them before now. But alas, I didn’t feel like writing. Last September, I fell trying to step over the garden gate. I injured my left knee, which I had to have surgery on in December. It has been a long recovery and I still tire easily. God continues to show me to be patient with myself and the garden. Keep on moving and progress will be revealed.