Hello Friends!

I really couldn’t tell you what possessed me to start growing our own vegetables. After all, for years we have been quite happy buying whatever food we needed at local supermarkets where the selection can make your mouth water and the seasons never end. Cherries for dessert on Christmas day, asparagus in February, oranges in June, is everybody happy? Yes! Yes! Yes!

It had occurred to me that I might be turning the clock back a number of years to a time when my mother and grandmother had taken turns tending to the rows of lettuce, onions, carrots, potatoes, beans, peas, tomatoes, and I am sure there must have been more that I cannot remember anymore, that occupied most of the space that is now given over to grass.

But let me start at the beginning …

If you have ever had any work done in or around your house this might sound familiar and you have my full and heartfelt sympathy. I had the first niggling feeling that we might be in for more than we bargained for the day a bulldozer sat in the middle of what used to be our living room and started belching smoke and moving earth back and forth. Next came the bathroom, then the kitchen. You have not been in touch with nature until you have had to take your shower outdoors, rain or shine, no matter what the temperature. In our defense I have to say that we did have the foresight to plan this for the summer months. In retrospect I have to say that I feel very lucky that our marriage survived it all ;)

It could have been as simple as the empty plot behind the house, where the tires of numerous machines had left deep gouges before departing not a day too soon, sending out accusing vibes every time I passed it by, not a blade of grass in sight, just a big empty, ugly plot of earth. In early spring, as the first sparse green blades started to poke out of the barely thawed uneven soil I had to come to a decision. Either plant grass (another area to mow? nope!), plant a big flower bed (a lot of effort where I already had more than enough blooming plants tucked into various corners of the garden), or maybe, for the heck of it, turn that area into something useful. Like a vegetable patch. Hm! Maybe! YES!

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