By Meredith L. Whelan
When my family and I started our garden we knew it would be a commitment, but we didn’t know what to expect.
The first year, we had to make our garden beds. We had to get measurements and figure out exactly what we wanted to plant and where to put it. We had decided to plant tomatoes, snap peas, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, beats, cauliflowers, broccoli, strawberries and rhubarb.
We have learned a lot. For instance, the birds would eat the strawberries until we started protecting them with fencing. We learned you must be VERY patient, sometimes the plants will take longer to grow than you think.
It’s a big commitment, but very rewarding. We get to work outside together and eat fresh and healthy food.
Working in the garden is stress relieving for me. If I am not having the best day I spend some time in the garden. It helps me forget about everything and feel better.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn