I still have grief around gardening to this day from all the gardens I've left behind. I know that a creator can't be attached to what they create, but as I looked through old pictures for this post to show examples of what I was able to do, my heart aches a little. That's the thing about scars. You can't pretend you don't have them because they ache when it rains.
|Raised beds, summer 2008|
|Backyard, summer 2008. Squash planted directly into mulch, went gangbusters.|
|See what I mean! Patty pan squash on left, pumpkin on right.|
|It was so lovely.|
|Raised beds, early summer 2009.|
Last summer at my Folsom house.
|Bean teepee on left, strawberry patch visible to right.|
|Summer 2009. Fruit trees have grown. Planted tomatoes in mulch instead of squash towards right (near dead grass)|
|The peaches were prolific that year for the first time. I made the most wonderful whiskey peach cobbler...|
|After my divorce, it took me a couple years to get my mojo back. This was taken in 2012 when I lived in Auburn. Four 4' x 8' raised beds, and 10 fruit trees to the back left in this picture, with lots of room to expand.|
|I even put my bamboo in the ground in the front yard as a screen from the neighbor's driveway. I'd been lugging it around since 2008 when I purchased it but never got around to planting it. Good news is I know where to get more of it.|
I've said it before, but I'm tired of creating garden and planting trees and not sticking around long enough to enjoy everything. It has created a grief inside me that has yet to fully lift, but what I know for sure is that you can move on without getting over it. No matter what 'it' is.
And so, I move on.
After realizing I can eat tomatoes and peppers again, I planted one of each ('Super bush' and 'jalapeno') along with a tomatillo ('verde') for delicious tomatillo salsa. There is NOTHING like homegrown tomatoes. I know I'm a little late compared to most local gardeners in terms of planting seed, but we have such a long growing season that it really doesn't matter much.
I planted zucchini, yellow squash, sugar pie pumpkin, and mini jack pumpkins in the mulch throughout the back yard. As you can see, I have experience with that...
|Tonight I pulled out my Gardener's Journal which is for record keeping over the course of 10 years. I purchased it in 2012.|
|I added a new year...2015!|
I'm trying to spend less time online in general, and my gardening and homesteading roots are calling to me. I'll update as the season progresses.
As I was thinking about how badly grocery store produce sucks and farmer's markets are great but not my thing, I remembered the CSA I was a part of back in the summer of 2011 prior to putting in a garden in Auburn. I looked up the CSA and they have expanded their offerings! I signed up so I'll have fresh produce each week.
This all feels very full circle to me and lights me up with a joy that's hard to describe. Time heals all wounds, even if the scars are still there.