Our first bounty

Folks,

we have tomatoes.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Dylan and I tried our hand at gardening again this year. We planted everything in pots because we anticipated a move. Last week we finished up our move and this week we have plants that aren’t dead!

In fact, today we harvested over ten tomatoes from our plant and there are still plenty left to ripen! We are still waiting on the jalapenos to finish up before we can pick them, but there are a TON of peppers on our plants that will be ready here very soon!

Beautiful and red. And as fresh as it gets.

Ahh. It feels good.

We grew these plants from seeds and now we get to enjoy their nutrients.

Sometimes it’s the little things.

My new green thumb

We’re getting excited!

Last year we planted a few tomato plants, a strawberry plant, and some onions. The strawberries and onions either drowned away or dried out. We had to plant everything in pots since we rent instead of owning our home. We were able to get a few smaller tomatoes, but the effort overall was a bust. We bought all of the plants from a nursery already germinated and ready to plant.

This year, we started tomatoes and jalapeños from seeds. We went back to the nursery and bought strawberries and onions again. And we also purchased a mint plant spontaneously on one of our WalMart runs. Well, I’m proud to announce that we’ve managed to keep all of them alive so far! This year we planted them in pots again since we weren’t sure when we’d be moving.

We’ve got three large tomato plants, two of them flowering beautifully. The other needs to catch up a bit in size.

We’ve also got some onions planted, but I’m not confident that we’ll get any produce from them. They are green on the stems in places still, but they’re starting to look wilted. I’m thinking they must grow better in the ground- something we’ll actually get to do with our garden once we OWN our home!

The jalapeño plants really sprouted out after the last rain. The plant is looking really full and strong. It’s even starting to flaunt some small white flowers that will soon be juicy green jalapeños. We grew these and the tomatoes from seeds this spring, so we’re so excited to seem them flourishing and producing!

The sweet mint plant is probably my favorite of the lot. It already smells so good and it just grows up and out like a genie. I don’t know why, but I just enjoy watching the growth of this beauty week by week.

So I’m hoping we are going to be more successful this year than we were last year! And then next year we can plant so much more variety, and actually in the ground, so this gardening thing is gonna be a summer hobby here before too long! It may not be too exciting to some, but we have found something new to entertain us, so we will take that where we can!

The Ants

I wandered out to the garden and sat with my back against the fence. I could feel the warm sun beat down on my face, I closed my eyes and soaked in the rays with my head pointed upward. I should do this more often, I thought to myself. I took a deep breath and opened my eyes again.

What a beautiful life this is. I can sit here and feel the warm sun, enjoy the slow breeze, and fill my lungs with clean air. Too often I take for granted the beautiful easiness of nature. It’s slow and quiet, but will continue to exist whether I am taking the time to enjoy it or not. The river will continue to run whether or not its existence is acknowledged.

I looked over at the tree and noticed a trail of ants going up and down its bark. They work so well together, traveling in a line and gathering food for everyone to enjoy. I wish humans existed in this way more. We focus too much on ourselves and making sure that we are doing better than our neighbor. Why do humans flourish in the idea that life is a competition between us and those we are surrounded by?

I’ve never understood how more people in this world don’t care about the well-being of everyone collectively.

There is one earth.

And we all share it.

The ants keep working and I keep watching in admiration.