Gardening, The Great Outdoors

Where Dirt Meets Light and Love


I’m in a writing funk lately. My week is about to become tipsy-topsy-turvy. (More on that later.) The inspiration is lacking. So I do what all good writers do, I go out and get busy. Get inspired. Lift my spirits with something that I love.

I love to garden. I always have and I think I always will. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a curious interest in plants. What makes them tick, makes them grow. Gardening is my therapy. It soothes my soul and propels me forward when times get tough.

Here is today’s work:

Cute little nook in progress!


The larger one at the end has sweet potatoes and marigolds. Good companion plants. I bought all 12 plants for under $5 πŸ˜€ My heart is doing a tiny frugal dance.

The bed on the right has my Lenten rose and impatient seeds. Both are excellent for shade.


Fun fact: about a week ago my daughter chewed through the box of impatient seeds and spilled some all over herself. She might have eaten some. I don’t know. It was awhile before I noticed. Haha.


And here’s a bit from the big garden, which was planted nearly 2 weeks ago:


Silver thyme.


Baby Calendula Resina (from seed).


Munstead Lavender I started from seed. 2 months old, same age as my Black Vernissage tomato plants!


By the way, only 2 out of 6+ lavender plants survived. The Black V. tomatoes (4) are still a bit scraggly as well.

Blossoms on my Sun Gold tomato plant.


Baby borage (from seed). If you look close you can see the leaves are covered in prickly hairs already.


Baby Vierling Dill (took for-ev-er to sprout). Update: not sure if this is dill. Maybe my dill didn’t sprout 😦


The basils. Purple Ruffles and Genovese.


On occasion I overhear someone say that gardening is difficult or they have a black thumb or whatnot. And I am not the best gardener out there, but I’ve always thought that plants are just like people. All they need is a little bit of light and love.

Do you have a garden? If so what are you growing this year?


I had this verse running through my head as I wrote:


9 thoughts on “Where Dirt Meets Light and Love”

    1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚ We’ve been married for 6 years next month but this is the first year I’ve been able to have a bigger garden planted to my liking. It is such a blessing to grow a garden. But there are many different types of gardening…like container gardening and hydroponic..can even grow some inside while you are waiting. The day will come πŸ™‚

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      1. I know what you mean. You really need a lot of space for all the vines. At least that’s our dilemma. Yes these trees are wonderful! Our limes are famous. They have a lot more juice than the ones in the grocery store, and for some reason they get humongous! Do plant some. The are really low maintenance and you can always pass the extras on to others. πŸ™‚


      2. I will definitely have to consider it. We do have fairly acidic soil which I’ve heard is good for growing citrus trees and berries. Do you know long would a small tree take to start producing fruit?

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      3. I think ours took three years. By the fourth and fifth year they were producing a lot of fruit. Now we have a mass amount. This is our sixth year with these trees. One might even be five years old. This one came from GA. My mother brought during a visit. Just a tiny thing and it might even be the largest producer. Now this one is more like a bush.


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