Gardening has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but not necessarily because I was the one getting down and dirty. Mostly I pulled a weed here and there while my parents or grandmother made all of the magic happen. I did however make certain that the harvest did not go to waste. A memory comes to mind of laying on my back in the garden watching the clouds drift by overhead while munching on peas fresh out of the pod. I think I was supposed to be helping with the weeding but finding elephants and dragons in the clouds seemed so much more appealing at the time. Plus, fresh peas are amazing!
My parents always had a sizable garden and my grandmother had an even bigger garden. I am so blessed to have experienced the taste of sun ripened strawberries and tomatoes, the wonder of how very quickly a zucchini can grow, and the magic of a seed turning into a plant. Have you ever tasted the delight of biting into a peach still warm from the sun? The juices run down your arm and the taste is that of heaven itself. Grocery store peaches just cannot compare in my opinion.
Now as a mom with three peas in her pod, I want my children to know the magic of a garden. We have an itty bitty patch of Earth which we call home and each year since our arrival we have had a garden. My grandmother, a passionate gardener, removed the grass from a small patch in our backyard, worked the dirt with her trusty hoe, and planted a garden for me our first full summer here. My son was still a wee baby at the time and I was experiencing the whirlwind of being a new mom. Grandmom was responsible for my second garden too as my next child was on the way that summer.
Over the years my husband and I have added on to what she started and have been semi successful. Only when you go to do something yourself do you realize how much more you have to learn! That is where we stand at this moment. We stand with a little bit of knowledge under the brim of our straw hats but with far from enough knowledge to call ourselves experts. Now though, now that we have three beautiful sprouts to tend and now that we are more and more concerned with the sad state of the American food system, our family is ready to REALLY dive into the dirt. Do you want to follow us down the green brick road? If you are an expert gardener, teach us something. If you are just breaking in your overalls, learn and grow with us. We begin with a seed...