Ranching, raising cattle, building fence, the list goes on but it all ends up in the same place...dirt. I learned to get dirty and embrace it. Most days I stay dirty until I come in for the day, it just goes with the territory. Then something magical occurred, when you wear so much dirt on a daily basis you begin to understand the beauty of its existence. The miracles it can conjure begin to inspire the imagination.
I began to care about a garden in earnest. My first two attempts still lost steam half way through the season. So much work. So many weeds. Watering was a pain and I just couldn't bring myself to work so hard along with all of the other chores that needed to be completed everyday. The prospect of fresh vegetables was a desire I just couldn't rise to. It was demeaning to be a newly minted country girl who couldn't handle a garden. I had to channel my inner genetics and come up with a solution that would work for this farm girl. Enter container gardening.
Container gardening in my opinion ranks up there with the polio vaccine. A miracle of engineering. A game changer. Why did it take me so long to understand the merits?
One of my foibles is I like everything to be aesthetically pleasing. Container gardening fit the bill. We built long boxes and arranged them in a "U" so that I could plant something nice in the middle, stain the boards and make it look like a landscaped part of our yard. This started the endeavor off in a positive light. No ugly tangled mess. Next came the beautiful part. Black paper to line the boxes translates to NO MORE WEED pulling or as I found out very few, 2 minutes tops instead of hours. The icing on the cake; rich, black, spectacular soil, not red clay. Perfect. The plants went in, it rained all Spring and all I had to do was send a little love as I walked by. Simple, perfect, right up my alley.
As the boxes sprang to life my heart sang. Produce of all kinds began to peek into my world and suddenly I understood the beauty of gardening. This is the new gardening, the no-sweat, wonder gardening! I have my fresh veggies and my fun! When you go container you never go back!