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My Garden

I started a garden when I was searching for a summer project that was within my control. And my first tomatoes ripened today. We’ve been eating jalapenos for a few weeks. The herbs were harvested a day or two after transfer (you can probably guess that I purchased seedling rather than attempt to grow the plants from seed–maybe that will be next summer’s project).

I don’t know why I feel so good when I see those little red fruits. Maybe because it seemed so unlikely that I would be able to keep them alive for the weeks required in order for them to bear fruit? We’re talking about a person who has never had a houseplant live beyond a week or two. Hence why we don’t have houseplants. But I researched this and got over my overwhelming fear of most bugs (there is a particularly atrocious green caterpillar-like thing that has been haunting my dreams. He was living on the jalapeno plants–larger than an actual jalapeno–and needed to be removed by my husband as I ran dramatically into the house and told everyone, “the garden project is OVER!”).

I’m going to go harvest. Make a tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich for dinner. Feel good about the garden.


1 C { 07.19.06 at 1:59 pm }

I know how you feel. This morning I discovered no less than 7 buds on my rosebush. Since the bush was almost dead when we moved in to the house last month, I’m choosing to view these buds as a sign that I CAN make something grow. Something beautiful. I’m ridiculously proud of those buds.

2 Anonymous Infertile { 07.19.06 at 8:02 pm }

That’s great! I actually finally planted 2 flowers and a bush in our front garden this year and am so excited because 2 months later they are all still alive. I know how rewarding it is to feel like you kept them alive.


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