I don’t know about you guys, but I am so ready for winter to end. I have family in Boston and just seeing the pictures of their nevermelting snow has made me weary of winter. And that is saying a lot since I’m a January baby and think that’s the best month ever.
But I’ve just returned from my parent’s house in Augusta, GA and it was 72 degrees today! It was lovely. And all I could think of was starting my garden, in my first house. I’ve had container gardens at several places I’ve lived but nothing more permanent. And now that we have a house, all I can think of is starting a garden like my grandfather. His garden provides all his vegetables for late spring, summer and fall. And every year I’m jealous.
Gardening takes patience. Patience is a virtue that I don’t have. But I’m working on it. And there’s nothing better than using fresh herbs when cooking and I love being able to just cut off what I need when I need it (it’s such a waste buying those big bunches of herbs from the store when you don’t need them, although I will show you a great tip on how NOT to waste them).
There are veggies and fruits that I use so often it is best to have on hand at all times. Things like garlic, onions, and lemons, I tend to use in almost every dish I make. And i’ve learned having lettuce on hand makes me want a big salad all the time!
So if you’ve ever considered having a garden, try it! Start small with a few pots or go big! Or if you’re not ready for that head to your local farmer’s market and support the wonderful farmers who do it for a living and buy their produce. Just start!