Alive. Thriving and alive is what I see when I look out over my garden. It may be a tad unkept and it may be behind other plots in comparison, but considering it was completely devastated during a storm last July, I only feel gratefulness for what I have this summer.
Let’s take a tour, shall we? It changes so fast. Every time I pay a visit after a particularly hot day I notice the plants pushing higher, reaching further. Buds open after a good overnight rain and the fruit grows even bigger. These photos were taken over a week ago, and already there are changes. Considering we grew most of the garden from these seedlings, it’s a small miracle everything survived and thrived!
The lessons learned from gardening are numerous and change also happens from year to year as we learn from our mistakes.
First there was the raised bed project, where we started with nothing and built our entire garden. They were only finished in August, so I didn’t get much of a harvest before winter set in. I learned it’s important to plan what to grow in your backyard vegetable garden.
The next year I fought with pests, and learned to edge my beds with strong smelling flowers such as nasturtium and marigolds. No more rodents or squirrels in the garden. I also learned about crop selection and much more which I shared in 5 Things I Won’t Do in My Garden Again.
The following summer – last year – disaster struck when a major storm dropped a massive tree on the garden. I learned about recovery and regrowth. About starting over.
This year, the lesson has been humbling. The silver lining from the fallen tree is that my garden has never thrived so well. The willow opened up such a huge block of sky, we’re getting sun like never before. Join me for a visual walk through the four raised beds. If you have any question, ask away in the comments section!
Perhaps you can now guess why the garden is one of my favourite places to slip away to for solace. Be it in the cool of the early morning, the heat of the afternoon or the shadows in the evening, the garden is a welcoming spot. I’m already planning ahead for my fall garden, which will include much more kale, a new crop of carrots and even more lettuce. Growing your own – it’s the best!
What is currently thriving in your garden?