This year, it’s all about the garden here at Ankin Prood.
In the late winter, I sketch out my plan in my mind. Usually on one of the last snowy days in February, I venture out in desperation, dreaming of the sun drenched days of summer and buy my seeds and starter greenhouse kit. It’s hard to resist planting anything, so I’ll take out my seed packets and look at them and replan my garden half a dozen times.
Finally in early spring, Anna and I start our little seeds in tiny peat pots (this year we only started tomatoes, peppers, dill and basil inside–everything else we sowed directly into the ground), place them in a sunny window and make sure they’re watered and warm.
In early May, we spend a few quick hours planting our garden. In addition to tomatoes and peppers, we’ve grown bush beans, zuchinni, cucumbers and an heirloom pumpkin. To be honest, I’m shocked at how easy it is to grown your own vegetables. You do have to be vigilant at the beginning–picking weeds, watering, whispering words of love and adoration to your seedlings, but once the plants sprout, nature takes its course and you have to do very little. I don’t know, maybe we’re just lucky–but for two years, we’ve had a successful garden and it’s been relatively simple. And I just love everything about gardening…I love picking weeds, watering, harvesting–I love it all. I wish I had discovered the satisfaction earlier in life. Here are some pics:
This is chamomile which can be used for tea which settles nerves.
Here’s the lush garden.
It’s almost ready…
Our pumpkin vine has taken over the garden. It’s hard to believe that one seed will produce so much. This is called a Jarrahdale pumpkin. I’ve never eaten it (although you can), but use it for fall decorating.
People say that this is a weed, but I just love the delicate nature of Queen Anne’s Lace.
My herbs–we use these daily. Sometimes I just grab a handful of whatever is prettiest and throw it in my salad.
It’s my first year growing zinnias. I’ll do it again–it’s super easy and I love the bursts of color.