10 Things I’ve Learned in my Garden
#1: Dill grows up, not out. I don’t know exactly why I imagined a nice round bush of dill, but that is definitely NOT what is gangling its way up my porch railing.
#2: Gardens are places of peace and serenity. Gardens are places of excitement, discovery and triumph. Gardens are also incredibly dramatic, with bad turns in the weather or the appearance of an unwanted antagonist creating almost unbearable levels of angst and stress. This teeter totter of emotion makes my garden absolutely irresistible. Every morning my first instinct is to go out on the porch, bleary eyed with tea in hand, and nose around my plants. Any new development (aka every single day) I demand that Emily come outside and stare with me. The same is true at the end of the day, accompanied with a strong and all-pervasive need to water things.
#3: I don’t really know much about gardening.
#4: Plants will grow, even though I don’t know much about gardening. Even when I underestimate how much water they need and they get all shrively, they still come back and keep on growing. And THAT is the coolest thing in the world.
#5: Cucumbers have very pokey spines on their vines, leaves and fruit.
#6: Cats, if left unattended, will eat cucumber plants in spite of the aforementioned spines.
#7: Garden fever is suddenly wanting to plant every packet of seeds because it is now clear that planting seeds really does result in growing plants.
#8: Bumblebees never look cuter than when they are pollinating my plants.
#9: A watched tomato never ripens.
#10: (This isn’t a new one, but is constantly reinforced). Be brave in love, cooking and gardening.