The Garden Report

There have been some great rewards from our garden this year. The peppers are fantastic. The herbs are thriving. The carrots are plentiful. There is nothing better than heading out to the garden in the early evening and taking pictures of new growth.

There have also been some disappointments. Our tomatoes don’t look too hot. Our pumpkins are all dead because of some squash bugs that hitchhiked their way home from the nursery. We thought we got rid of them all, but we should have just thrown out the plants and gotten new ones. Even our zucchini is just so-so instead of going out of control like everyone else’s.

We aren’t thrilled with our soil. We had such great soil in the garden boxes in our last house. The boxes we have now are supposed to be filled with a great garden type of soil, but I think it needs some supplementation. Whatever peppers and herbs like, this dirt has it. Whatever tomatoes want, they aren’t getting it here. I’m thinking it must have to do with soil acidity?

We have five good sized garden beds. It’s the kind of gardening space I’ve dreamed of, so it’s a bit of a letdown to have some crops fail entirely. However, we have harvested some great rewards. The garden always seems to be such an accurate metaphor for the struggle of life. You reap where you sow, but sometimes the elements get in the way. So is life.

It’s so important to take time to enjoy the bounty of hard work and figure out how to avoid the failures in the future. And sometimes if your pumpkin plants just die, maybe you can just fill that space with some pretty flowers for the time being.

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. - May Sarton