Monday, 10 May 2010

Chronicles of a New Garden: taking it in

by Francesca


Before I started my first vegetable garden eleven years ago, I'd been an indoor gardener. In the city apartments where I lived, I always surrounded myself with green plants and flowers, and always had pots of herbs my kitchen (which stubbornly refused to thrive).


a discarded deck chair frame, and ...

Now I'm an outdoor gardener, and grow mainly vegetables, but also some flowers and many herbs. My garden is a space I love. It's more than a place for growing food, or connecting to the earth, or homesteading. Of course, it is very satisfying to eat what I've grown, and it's rewarding to pass by the produce section in a store and notice for the first time how wilted and identical all those vegetables look.


... some IKEA fabric ...

But my love of gardening is also about enjoying this space that nature and I create together. Nature does most of the work, of course, but I've lent a hand in deciding which plants will thrive here and where they'll grow. As I garden, I feel like an apprentice learning from a master artist.

chair 3

.. and voilà: one of my essential gardening tools in one of my favorite spots in the garden!

Every year when I lay out my vegetable garden, I always leave a grassy area on one end, a space not just to dig, rake and plant, but also to enjoy all the swift and secret things that are happening in the earth all around me. My garden isn't just where I make food for my family. It's a place where I love to sit and just be.

Do you have a space in your garden where you can just sit back and take it all in?