Victory Garden

I dug my garden yesterday. Broke ground, turned over the earth, wheel-barrowed away the weeds and pieces of sod, mixed in Miracle Grow Garden Soil, and raked it level. It’s a 7ft x 9ft plot of dirt. It felt so good to dig! The sun was hot, I had on shorts and a tank top, and I had done yoga and went for a long walk in the morning, so my muscles were all warmed up. I felt like I could conquer life on the prairie like Carolyn Ingalls! It was wonderfully satisfying. I took pictures of the process, and yes, I uploaded them onto Facebook. In the afternoon, I went to Barlow Flower Farm in Sea Girt, and I learned a lot from an employee there, who, rather than let me buy plants that would not flourish, counseled me on the best way to proceed. I really appreciated that. I learned that it was already too late to plant lettuces and spinach and too soon to plant tomatoes. He told me to keep turning the soil so that the soil itself gets warmed by the sun, because otherwise the plants will shut down and not grow. He suggested that, instead of taking the plants home in pots and keeping them in my house, I let them keep growing and being cared for in their greenhouse and come back in two weeks when it will be time to put them in the ground. You can be sure I will go back there and do just that. I bought some Petunias for a planter on my front porch. This morning I looked at my garden plot and imagined what it will look like thriving in the months to come and the sweet taste of a fresh tomato, crisp red pepper, and fragrant basil and cilantro grown in my own garden. That first bite will certainly be victorious!

About Andrea Harbison

I have been a licensed Realtor since 2005, a Certified EcoBroker since 2009, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a LEED Green Associate. I am a mother of three - one teenager and two adults! I am a NJ Certified K-8 Teacher and a PINJ registered Professional Development Instructor of Adults and Education Consultant PreK-8. I earned a double major Bachelor of Art's degree with honors in Environmental/Geo Science and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. I sing professionally and enjoy music, literature, movies, biking, hiking, cooking, and travel.
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