By Michelle Porchia
Life Lessons from Gardening
Last year I moved in to a small house. Besides it being my home, I have a patio and a porch. In the spring of 2020, I grew herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage.) Unexpectedly, I did really well. Basil is a seasonal herb. Surprisingly my basil lasted from late April through the end of September. I nurtured the other herbs through the winter.
This year I have a container garden. I’m growing the same herbs with hope for more success with my basil and rosemary plants. I’ve also added parsley to my gardening menu. I now have a raised garden bed. This will allow me to garden more easily. This year I am experimenting with growing Japanese eggplant, banana peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and a walking onion. I also have several potted coleus and two succulents.
Where are the lessons? I’m glad you asked.
2020 was a trying year. I found enjoyment in growing herbs that I nurtured and used to make savory meals. 2021 is a new year. I enjoy waking up and looking out of my bedroom window and seeing my “Zen Garden.” This year, I explored new territory by expanding my gardening knowledge and trying to grow vegetables. As a speaker, I’ve spoken (via Zoom) in venues I hadn’t considered. It was an honor to speak for my high school alma mater, twice. I am now looking into new areas of interest. I’m taking my time and planting the seeds, just like my garden. I’m excited to see what blooms.
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