Challenging situations and disasters have been the running theme with the garden this year. It makes the memories of the garden last year seem idyllic; every plant grew according to plan and every seed sprouted within minutes of planting. It seemed I had the greenest of green thumbs for gardening. Then reality struck.
So far in 2011 the garden has weathered record-breaking snow storms, landscaping projects that took weeks to complete and clean up, a total collapse of the mini greenhouse destroying seedlings in the process, birds uprooting growing corn and spectacular seed failures.
Despite the near disasters mentioned above the garden trundled on. The challenges and problems I’ve faced this spring and early summer have been terrific teachable moments about gardening and perseverance. That what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and I have a kick butt garden to show for it!
4 sisters before birds attacked the corn:
Pea flowers are quite delicate:
Farewell mini greenhouse: