Seedlings

The excitement that starts with growing my own vegetable seeds, watching them grow, then actually eating them, can hardly be described.  Really, it’s a feeling.  I wake up every day and look with amazement at the progress these little guys have made while I slept.  Each day, inch by inch, they quickly outgrow their pots, and soon they take their place in the spring garden….okay, wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

They’re just weeks old.  I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch, as the saying goes.  I have had too many flops over the years.  I’ve not watered properly, put them outside too early, left them outside too long when it’s been cold.  I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t over the years, and the more I pay attention to my babies, the more successful I’ve been.

Most people only see the culmination of the months of tender loving care we home gardeners give our vegetable garden.  We knock on your door and ask you if you’d care for some tomatoes or zucchini or whatever we have an abundance of.  Some appreciate the veggies, and some don’t, but we like to share, nonetheless. 

I’ve learned who likes my garden treats.  Tanya and Melodee love my boysenberries…well, most people do.  Dean loves my freezer jam made from the berries.  I think everyone appreciates a few tomatoes, also.  I share some Serrano chiles, lemons, tomatoes and cucumbers with neighbors who use them.  I don’t give out many peaches or oranges; my trees are of the dwarf variety and don’t produce an abundance.  But, I’ll make a peach cobbler and invite a friend over to share.

This season I will try to care for my seedlings so I can share my love for gardening with you.

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~ by joandayimages on February 21, 2011.

2 Responses to “Seedlings”

  1. Joan, I love this photo! I’ve been busy getting the garden ready for spring, too, and will be doing some planting later in the week (a few rose bushes and a pommagranite tree:) I’m one of those who loves it when a neighbor rings my doorbell in the heart of the summer and hands me a bag of fresh, homegrown stringbeans, bell peppers or tomatoes. I’m fortunate to have a few of those neighbors, especially since I’ve never taken the time to grow my own vegetables. But this year I, too, plan on adding a couple of tomato plants to the herb garden.

    Thanks for the lovely post.

  2. Marie, I can’t wait to see what you end up growing and showing your talent in the Italian kitchen. I, too, will have string beans coming out my ears this year. I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing.

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