I have never planted a vegetable garden before. After all, I grew up in an apartment in Brooklyn, NY, and there were not lots of garden growers around. I have always gotten my vegetables from the grocery store – on a rare occasion, from a farmer’s market. But, where I live now, in Danbury, Ct, many folks have gardens. But, gardens take time, and I have never had time. I have always had a high stress job. I used to leave my house at 7:15 AM and get home about 7:00 PM. Who had time to garden?
But, at the end of 2012, I left my high stress job, so I thought “this is the year I will have a garden”. My awesome husband built me four 4ft x 4ft raised garden beds and helped me get all of the planting soil into it. I planted. I planted broccoli, peas, radishes, carrots, green onions, zuchini, cucumbers, and pumpkins – all from seeds. I planted 3 tomato plants and basil plants. And then, I waited. And, I waited.
I was pretty sure that I was going to have nothing – “maybe you needed to be raised growing things”, I thought. “Maybe there is a trick”, but then, I saw some hope. The radishes started sprouting. Then, I waited some more, and the carrots and peas started sprouting. Then, I actually read the back of the seed packets and saw that they tell you how long germination and harvest takes for each plant. Who knew?
Now, the garden is going a bit wild. The I have about 25 green tomatoes that are growing bigger every day. I have pea pods hanging, and have used many in salads already. We have more radishes than we can eat. I have fresh basil whenever I need it. The rest, I am still waiting on, but the leaves are all giant and lush.
So, why am I writing about my garden? It is this. Gardens are a bit like life. You need to do the work and then you may need to wait a while until you see results. When you do see results, it may be very little, but you need to keep on doing the work, and once momentum kicks in – you get more and more results. And, lots of vegetables.