Is there anything nicer than being able to go into your own backyard to pick fresh tomatoes?
Its been years since I've grown vegetables because I just haven't been around enough in the summers to look after them.
This year I happily put in 5 tomato plants at the back of one of our flower beds.
I also put in 4 hot pepper plants and two pumpkin plants. I've never done large vegetable gardens because I just don't have the time to look after them and I think that it is such a waste to buy plants (or grow them from seed) that just die from neglect.
It is false economy to try to grown your own vegetables when you just don't have the time to do it. Gardens are a commitment and my little crop of 11 plants is just big enough that I can tend them well without me becoming overloaded.
I admire people that have the time and space for large vegetable gardens and even know people that when they have bumper crops donate the excess to the local food banks. But sometimes we have to know our own limitations and be satisfied with the small efforts that we can put in. It's better to do a small job well than a large job poorly.
- do you really have the time to tend a garden, if you know you will be gone for long stretches of the summer then the answer is no.
- are you close to a water source, if you have to drag out a hose and hook it up to the garage then bring it out back then the answer is no. Without water your veggies will die.
- make sure you are planting vegetables that you love to eat. Zucchinis are very easy to grow but unless you love eating them pass them by.
- just because tomatoes plants come 6 in a pack does not mean you have to plant all 6. Plant the ones you want and give the others away.
My little garden is doing me just fine. I am enjoying peeking at the growing tomatoes and watching them change colours from green to red. The other night I plucked our first ripe tomato that we had on our hamburgers and I felt a surge of pride, it truly was delicious tasting.
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