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BONNIE'S GARDEN--What I'm Thankful For

With Thanksgiving this Thursday, I decided to write down a list of the things I’m thankful for this year in my garden.

I’m thankful for how gorgeous my bulbs were this past spring.  I may not have been particularly grateful for the extra cold and snowy winter we had, but spring finally came.  As hungry as I was for spring, I enjoyed every single tulip and daffodil and crocus that bloomed, even more than usual.  And, they didn’t mind the winter at all.

I’m thankful that the mint that “escaped” from the pot on my patio and migrated out into my backyard has not made it to the front yard.  Yet…

I’m thankful that I had a bumper crop of eggplant this year.  Eggplant bread anyone?

I’m thankful that I did not get inundated with squash bugs this year.  Keeping my garden free of debris over the winter and rotating where I grow my squash (and checking the plants early in the season to pick off the nymphs when they’re looking for a place to lay eggs) really helped.

I’m thankful that, even though all my cucumbers got wilt and died, the farmers who participated in our Farmers Market did not have the same problem so I still had cucumbers for my salads.  And I ate a LOT of salads because I had a bumper crop of tomatoes.  I froze them, I canned them, I sauced them, I ate them raw in salads for lunch and grilled for dinner and gave them away by the bagsful.  Yeah, I’m thankful I had SO many tomatoes…um, I think.

I’m thankful for every single solitary bee—honey or bumble—that I saw in my garden this year.  I wish I had seen more.  I actually had to step in and hand-pollinate my squash blossoms because of it.  Next year, I’ll plant more bee-friendly flowers.  .

I’m thankful for the wonderfully fragrant herbs that I grow around the outside of my vegetable garden.  Not only do I get to use and enjoy them, but deer don’t like them and they will leave my vegetable garden alone!  What’s more, the herbs even have some insect repellent properties.  I guess a moth looking to lay eggs for squash vine borers might have trouble finding the squash if all it can smell is basil, chives, oregano, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

I’m thankful for all of the millions of acorns that bombarded my backyard last month.  Think of all that healthy exercise I’ll get next spring pulling thousands of oak seedlings out of my vegetable and flower beds.

I’ve heard that we appreciate most that for which we’ve had to work the hardest.  I work hard every year on my garden.  There are times when I’m parked in the recliner in front of the TV with ibuprofen in my bloodstream and a heating pad on my back and asking myself “Why do I do this?”  And then I go out in my yard and smell the herbs around my garden and see the flowers blooming, the butterflies and hummingbirds fighting over the bee balm and tiny little green tomatoes and peppers growing and I know why I do this.
More than anything else, I’m thankful that I HAVE a garden to obsess over, worry over, and play in.  I’m thankful that every year I learn something new—and thankful that there is still so much yet to learn—new seeds or plants to try and new/old techniques to try.
Posted: 11/24/2014 by Bonnie Pega | with 1 comment(s)
Deborah Pridgen
Your comments inspire me.
11/28/2014 10:21:54 AM

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