When I was younger, my mother would have a gorgeous vegetable garden every year. I wanted nothing to do with it. Yuck, dirt. Fast forward a bit and my sister in law has the most amazing garden you’ve ever seen. She shows me around every time we come to visit. It’s unbelievable what she can grow, but I’m still unmoved. I can see that she’s incredulous that I don’t want to be a part of this wonderful world of gardening. “Here, smell this.” She would say. “Taste it, it’s delicious.”
Then something changed. I gave birth to my son. We bought a house. As we were moving in, my mother planted some extra tomato plants in our yard. That was it, I was hooked. For me, having my own little piece of land made all the difference. I know there are so many of you out there who have only a sunny window, or a deck to plant on, but once the garden bug bites you, it doesn’t matter what your circumstances, you have to find a way.
As time went on, I became more and more interested in the local food scene. However, the thing that has always meant the most to me, has been my garden. You can’t get any more local than your own backyard. The wonder of watching tiny seeds transform themselves into such beautiful and delicious plants is breathtaking. I hope you’ll come along with me as we explore gardening in our edible South Shore gardens.
I’ve added a new page that you’ll see under the banner. It has some information on planting and gardening by the month. Feel free to use it as a reference, or tell me that I’m crazy.
Heather Smith can also be found blogging at Heather’s Homemaking.