One year ago today, I hit the publish button for the first time. It was a tense moment for me - I'm not sure what I thought was going to happen, but let me tell you, it took me a good couple of hours before I built up the courage to click on that button. And boy am I ever glad I did.
I've "met" so many wonderful gardeners. Having the opportunity to share and listen to gardening stories and advice with so many like-minded people has been nothing short of amazing. I have learned so much...much more than I could have from any book, magazine or website.
I think I've mentioned before that I don't really know many people (well, none actually) that are as crazy about gardening as I am. I know people that enjoy doing a bit of gardening here and there but their interest lies primarily in their enjoyment of the end product rather than the process. Tending to their plants is a tedious process rather than a pleasure. Plant purchases are usually limited to common (or no-name) varieties and growing anything from seed is a rarity. We may have a two or three minute chat about the garden, but that's about it.
I, on the other hand, truly enjoy simply wandering through a garden, any garden, and chatting about this flower & that veg. I could spend several blissful hours comparing notes on different varieties, seed starting and soil preparation. Remember that 80's Depeche Mode song "I Just Can't Get Enough" (boy, am I dating myself here ;) )? Well, when it comes to gardening, that's me in a nutshell.
As it so happened, today was also my first time volunteering at a local farm that provides organic produce for the community. I have been meaning to do some volunteering for quite some time and, now that the kids are a bit older, the timing seemed right.
I spent my morning shoveling compost, filling seed trays and seeding parsley & broccoli. I would have loved to take a bunch of photos but, being new and not really knowing anyone, I felt a bit odd doing that. As I was leaving, however, I took a quick shot of the greenhouse we had been working in.
|Greenhouse at the Farm|
So to everyone that has taken time out of their day to read one of my posts, share their experiences and simply made me feel so welcome...