The spring season and new beginnings go hand-in-hand. Without even thinking about it, I find myself back in my garden, planting to my heart’s content. It’s not something I even put on my To-Do list; it’s just that one morning I wake up, go outside and start working. It’s in our nature to have a hand in the cycle of life, I suppose—to plant, grow and eventually harvest. But part of it might have something to do with the recent birth of my beautiful grandson, Matthew James. Him coming into this world happy and healthy is nothing short of a miracle. I hear some women say that the more grandchildren they have, the older they feel. Not me. Ever since I held Matthew in my arms and kissed the top of his sweet head, I’ve felt younger than I have in years.
So I’m tending to my garden. And y’all, it’s just the most beautiful place. I don’t go out and buy all new stuff; I like to use what I have on hand. I spread chicken manure from the coop and I reuse the same terra cotta pots every year to get my herbs started. Once they take, I’ll transplant them to my herb garden and start snippin’ some of those fragrant greens for every meal I make. Sometimes I like to pull off a twig of rosemary and just carry it around my garden with me, smelling it as I walk between my raised beds and count the tomatoes and peppers just starting to appear. Soon those little vines will be weighted down, giving me a ton of fruits and vegetables for canning.
It’s true that I’m blessed to have the resources for a big, beautiful garden, but everyone should have a little garden to tend to, ‘cause like children, there’s nothing like watching the fruits of your labor grow and bloom. That’s why I’m sharing with y’all how to go about doing some container gardening. It doesn’t matter where you live; as long as you have a little fresh air and sunlight, you can enjoy a garden. I can remember livin’ in the dinkiest little place with the boys. We might not have had much, but we had some potted herbs on our windowsill to transform our dinners into somethin’ special.
It is, after all, the little things in life that matter. From new babies to the first tomato on the vine—this world just never seems to stop givin’. And it would be downright rude to refuse the offer.
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