|The raised bed is not really sitting at an angle. I accidently created an angle when I snapped the photo.|
Hello, dear readers. I thought that Monday would be a good day to update you on my gardening progress since I spend most of my time with the plants over the weekend.
|Broccoli (left) and carrots.|
The plants had progressed over the three weeks since I planted the seeds and the onion sets.
|Onions, with radishes on the far side.|
And I got a nice surprise. I thought all the cucumbers had been killed with the freeze week before last. But I have some green shoots left. I still want to replant some cucumber seeds, though, along with some other vegetables.
I admit that I felt a bit overwhelmed when I saw the growth of the plants. Suddenly, I didn’t just have seeds in the ground that I could watch slowly push up into the light. Suddenly, I had real plants to take care of.
|Things are growing!|
My insecurity about my lack of recent gardening experience kicked in, and I thought, what do I do now?
I thinned the radishes, and Larry wondered if I was thinning them too much. I looked at the carrots and wondered if they were too close together. I wondered what I would do if the plants started dying.
Then I reminded myself that I have resources. I have books.
There are many resources on the Internet.
And I have my mother, who was a Master Gardener years ago and could make anything grow. She has retained a vast knowledge, from her studies and from many years of gardening.
I also reminded myself that this first year is an experiment. Larry and I will learn what will grow well, what won’t, what we need to do differently.
It will be OK. Deep breath. Deep breath. Let go of the anxiety.
How do you cope with that feeling of being overwhelmed? And for those who garden, what gardening book or books have you found helpful?