Picture of one day’s harvest–pretty typical of the last couple of weeks:
Now I realize that this is nothing impressive, and more accomplished gardeners are probably rolling their eyes. But I want to give encouragement to others who, like me, have been a bit intimidated by gardening. I always thought that I was just not a very good gardener. But I discovered that really gardening is not some innate, mysterious, gift–it can be learned, like any other skills. Start small, take a class, read some books. Every year I have taken out a little more grass, read another gardening book or two, and tried a few more vegetables. And I’ve totally enjoyed learning some new skills.
I kind of like my rather small daily harvest, because it’s something that we can keep up with eating without being overwhelmed. We always eat a lot of vegetables, and now we can get most of them from the yard, which is so fun. Of course you can do some canning and freezing–and I am doing a little of that–but if you don’t want to preserve, it works to have a large variety of plants, but only a few of each. Biodiversity in the garden–I haven’t had pest problems at all–and more mealtime diversity as well. Although we have been eating a LOT of tomatoes and cucumbers over the last week…..