No, this is not a picture of me. This is a photo of my soon-to-be husband; we’ll call him F. This spring, when I began a modest little container garden, F. decided I needed something more. Something I’d been dreaming of. He took matters into his own hands, literally, and dug me a kitchen garden.
I’ve wanted one for years and years — even before I got into the relocalization movement and wanted to green my food supply. My maternal grandfather was a farmer in Northeast Georgia for over 50 years, and my paternal Grandmother was obsessed with her city-bound flower and herb garden (terraced almost straight up behind her mansion in Buckhead, Atlanta). I’ve just never had the opportunity to make my own in-ground garden. I never owned my own place.
However, John, our landlord, said “Sure!” when I timidly asked if I could have a garden. I don’t think he ever envisioned this. When John first saw our efforts, he stood there in a shocked silence that really worried me. (Uh-oh.) But he’s since told me he loves to see the progress of our garden whenever he’s in the neighborhood, and he recently offered to loan us his rototiller to finish tilling the fall-extension garden bed!
F. was not very happy with me for taking this picture when he was all sweaty from digging. But I personally thought he looked extremely attractive as he was in the process of giving me the best gift anyone had ever given me in my life. Growing our kitchen garden this spring and summer has been such a pleasure, I really cannot put it into words — and I’m a wordy person. (Check out my regular blog for proof.) I decided to keep a photographic journal, partly because it was just so much fun to take pictures of all the bounty, and I now have a ton of photos.
My goal is to post one or more photographs each day documenting the progress of our little Victory Garden. Because I began this project so late in the growing season, I will probably have no difficulty continuing into the winter months, posting the spring and early summer photographs for inspiration as we all begin to obsess over our seed catalogs 🙂
I hope you enjoy your tour of our garden! Please feel free to comment and discuss your gardening woes and triumphs and discoveries. I’d also love to receive links to pictures of your gardens in progress. Gardeners are all one big, dirty family; aren’t we?
By the way, you can contact me here: gardenforvictory<at>live.com. Replace the <at> with an @, obviously. And I can’t wait to hear from you!
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