Well, that photo of Vic picking peas should say it all, but I am not a woman of few words. I want to add that I’m enjoying my garden this year more than I’ve ever enjoyed any garden season in the past.
In part this is due to the fact that this really is my best garden ever. Being semi-retired is giving me time to work on it and I think that the results are apparent.
But the largest part of my enjoyment is due to the network of fellow gardener/blogger/photographers that I’ve found over the internet. Being able to share my garden with others and see the gardens of people who share my interests has added immensely to my enjoyment.
One of the many advantages of having a garden is that you can grow varieties that may not be available at stores or even local farmer’s markets. I’m trying quite a few new vegetables this year, and new varieties of favorite vegetables.
I’m also enjoying the challenge of growing food in a limited space. I am even utilizing the driveway this year.
Also, I’m learning a lot from reading the blogs of others. I enjoy learning more about preserving and cooking from Thomas, Dan, Mac, and Villager. From Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions, I’ve learned a lot about record-keeping. I had never weighed and tracked my harvests before. I’ve set up a seed inventory in Excel as well as a fruit harvest Excel spread sheet. Now I actually know how many pounds of fruit I’ve harvested so far this year (14 lbs) and from which trees/vines/bushes/plants they came from.
My next step will be to set up a similar spread sheet for vegetables. Then I hope to keep a running tab on my sidebar of the year’s total harvest, as you see when you visit Dan, Thomas, Annie’s Granny, Daphne and other bloggers.
What I do not plan to do is track how much I spend on my garden. I don’t want to know. Suffice it to say that I’m having fun and enjoying life.
But what cannot be quantified is how much pleasure I’m deriving from growing so much of our own organic produce, including having chickens that lay eggs, and having so much beauty in the yard this year.
What a great life!
If you had a harvest this week, visit Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions and tell about it.
Harvest for week prior to April 10, 2010
8 oz. Kale
8 oz. Leeks
12 oz. Lettuce
33.5 oz. (2 lbs, 1.5 oz.) Snap Peas
1.5 oz. Strawberries
Total Harvest = 2 lbs 15 oz. produce, plus 16 eggs