This year has probably been one of my hardest years when it came to growing crops. Why was it hard you ask? Well, I hardly grew any! You see, in the spring I decided to take on a giant garden project. I tore down my entire vegetable garden, so I could rebuild. I have to deal with very rocky ground soil, so I grow in raised garden beds and containers. Starting over means, bigger, better and sturdier. I’m striving for a stronger and smarter design which means a garden structure that will hold up to harsh weather conditions and keep critters out. In the meantime though, I ended up in what I call gardening limbo. I have no place to grow, no crops to harvest and an overwhelming amount of work to get done. Trust me when I say, this is not a fun place to be. I’m basically starting from scratch and taking it one day at a time.
I did, however, get to travel this summer. Attending the vegetable trials in California, thanks to The National Garden Bureau, filled me to the brim with ideas. The veggie trials were full of inspiration at every turn, new varieties in every field and educational opportunities in each conversation had. It was almost as if one of the many palm trees I stood under dropped a metaphorical coconut on my head. Just because you don’t have your usual growing space now, doesn’t mean you can’t plan for it next year! California basically told me, “Here’s your guide right in front of you, Angie.” Take notes, gather pictures and plan for the future.
So, therefore, I am starting at square one. I almost feel like a beginner again. This can be extremely exciting, but also very daunting. As I scroll through Instagram looking at all the crops being harvested by my gardening pals, I can’t help but get a little forlorn about what I don’t have. I need to keep the volume up of that positive voice in my head reminding me “It’s coming Angie! It just takes time, and this will all be worth it.” So here is an outline of how I plan to make next year my best gardening year ever. Stay tuned, because it’s happening.