“I’m not a snack. I’m a garden. Take care of me, and I can feed you forever.” This quote has stuck with me for a few years. I believe every word, but I never thought that I would be a gardener.
The pandemic has taught me that being on twitter and social media all day can be draining. I knew I needed a break, but I wasn’t about to take a break because there’s nothing like the jokes that fly daily. So one day, while at Home Depot, I picked up a few seeds just to see if I genuinely picked up my grandma’s green thumb. Low and behold, a few days go by, and my seedlings have sprouted like crazy.
You would have thought that I was a kid in a candy store the way I was screaming and jumping up and down when I saw them. I decided that this was going to be my getaway from everything. It was just me, some music, and my little garden. Once my cucumber started to grow, I took the initiative to dig up a part of the yard to have a real garden.
At this point, I was at Home Depot or Lowe’s every week looking for everything I needed to have an official garden to call my own. Of course, I got plenty more seedlings like arugula, lettuce, peppers, green beans, spring onions, and tomatoes. Every time I went to the store tools, there was barely anything left. I guess everybody needed a new hobby, and I must say it’s been so good to me. It’s been so good that I’ve joined a few gardening groups on Facebook to get tips and tricks. To see how everyone is making their gardens theirs by transforming their backyards and putting so much love into it made me want to go even harder.
In the process of gardening, did some of my plants die? Yes! Most of the leafy greens that I planted barely grew because of all the rain we were getting in May. The only ones that did survive were the tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and cucumbers.
I eventually got basil and oregano to start my fall garden. Now that its fall, I knew that I didn’t want my babies to die in the frost. So I started researching some ways to garden in the fall. Next thing I know, I’m creating boards on Pinterest for garden goals that include greenhouses, what to plant in the fall, and indoor gardens. I don’t have enough room in the house to have an indoor garden, so that was out of the question. Then I saw a greenhouse that was going to be perfect for me.
This month I finally got the greenhouse I’ve had my eyes on, and I built it with my father. It’s ideal for my small garden and for what’s to come. The only plant I’m waiting for now are my tomatoes to show me some flowers. As the fall and winter roll in I’ll keep yall updated.
Did I ever think that I would be this invested in a garden? NOPE! This garden truly has taught me patience and what hard work and love gets you. I’m glad that I picked gardening up as a hobby. It’s truly relaxing. So if I’m nowhere on social media, just know I’m probably out in my garden.
What hobbies have you picked up during this pandemic? Do you have a green thumb? Let me know in the comments because I would love to know.
As always, be safe and enjoy your weekend.
See you in the next one.
Xoxo, Jonice 💕