It started as an excuse to play in the dirt again like I did as a kid. So my mom and I rented a plot in Hawkwood Community Garden for our vegetable garden.
Just the fact that anything in our garden is still alive is a success in our eyes! We have discovered there is so much satisfaction in eating the food that you planted, tended to, and harvested with your own hands, even if it’s the tiniest tomatoes you’ve ever seen.
Any advice for first-time gardeners?
Make sure you protect your seeds from squirrels. We carefully planted neat little rows of lettuce, carrots, chives, and parsley in our garden plot this spring. A few days later, I went out to check the garden box and it looked like a bomb had dropped! There were little craters everywhere in the dirt. The squirrel had found my seeds and dug most of them up. Thankfully they left a few seeds for me so I could still grow some food, but I already know for next year the first thing I’ll be putting in the ground is a little fence to keep the culprits out!
Submitted by Carol Van Besow and her daughter, Caroline. The Van Besow family are parishioners of St. Peter's Parish in Calgary.