That Time I Decided Not to Plant a Garden

When we moved into this house 8 years ago, I planted a garden.  It wasn’t an “in the ground” garden, but I planted something.  Actually, I planted a lot of somethings, all in pots, and all on the upper deck of our home. 

I was so proud of myself for finally growing something! 

My mom has always been a gardener, growing a huge vegetable garden when we were growing up, as well as the most beautiful flower gardens every year.

Every year my garden got a little bigger, and then a little bigger.

It’s funny how that happens, the garden expanding every year.

This year was no different.  I wanted to plant potatoes, and needed to dig up more of our yard to do so.

The typical planting time around here is Memorial Day weekend, but while I knew it was going to be a nice week following Memorial Day, I thought it was a bit too early, so we didn’t plant.  The following week was incredibly hot with no rain, followed by several days of frost warnings and frigid cold temperatures.

As luck would have it, last weekend, while trying to cut my incredibly large rhubarb plants, I had a muscle spasm in my back.  Something I have never experienced, and hope to never experience again!

I think that was the moment I realized I wouldn’t be planting a garden this year.  My window was closing, and I knew that I wouldn’t heal as quickly as I needed to in order to be bent over garden beds planting and pulling weeds.

So there you have it folks; the first year we will not be planting a garden.

I have to tell you that I feel a bit like a failure.

Local, organic food is such a passion of mine.  I felt like the best place to find local food was in my backyard.  I still feel like that is the best place, but this year I will be exploring the many local options available to me.

Instead of sharing what I am growing this year, I will be sharing what I can find locally for food.  I know that there is an abundance of local food in my area, and for that I am thankful.
I want to encourage you to find local food this summer as well.  I know that a lot of you are not able to grow a big garden, whether it is living in an apartment, or feeling as though your thumb is black instead of green; because of time, or a lot of travel.  While I still believe everyone should try to plant something I know that isn’t always a possibility.

Here is to a summer of local food that isn’t coming from my back yard!  I look forward to finding more farmers in our area, and supporting their endeavor to grow and provide food for our community.

How is your garden growing this year?  Have you searched for local food in your area?


  1. I have noticed the last couple years my garden has become smaller and smaller and I'm visiting more Farmers Markets and Farm Stands...hey, I'm ok with that. For me, it is important that gardening be a joy and not a chore...this 4th year of drought, I'm focused on keeping the fruit trees alive.

  2. I think you'll have as much fun this year exploring what the local offers are! You can give the soil a chance to rest and plan for next year! It's going to be a different experience but a great one!


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