February 20, 2009
I wanted to tell you that I do not garden for any philosophical or ideological reasons; I garden because I enjoy it. I tell people that I like to dig in the dirt. Maybe my desire to plant things comes from my memories of childhood when I would make mud pies and “plant” twigs in it. I can say that playing in the dirt and planting things are some things I have loved to do for as long as I can remember.
I remember going to the creek houses to help my dad. I got to hold the yardstick when he measured the height of the tomato plants. I also can remember going out to the bell pepper fields and “picking” peppers. Maybe it just is in the genes, I don’t know. What I do know is that the few times we lived in tiny apartments and I had no dirt, I think I about went crazy!
Even though I grew up amidst the greenhouses, I do not know very much about vegetable gardening. I know more about bedding plants. And I know next to nothing about organic gardening. Everything I am sharing with yall is what I am learning by doing and reading about it. I guess the reason I am saying all this is to tell you that ANYONE can garden. I have been checking gardening books out at the library by the dozens. All of them have had something to offer. Most important thing though ….HAVE FUN!!!!!