It all started on a cloudy day in 2013. After months of working long hours and accumulating stress that led me to the brink of breakdown, I read an article on how to de-stress my life, which included suggestions like yoga and deep breathing. I scrolled down the list, mentally crossing off everything that would be too painful or embarrassing and came across Number 10 – Start a garden. So I did.
We had to buy a house with a yard first, but after a season of tinkering, I now have sprouts. They only get attention on weekends, as I am still working over 40 hours a week with a daily 2-3 hour commute, but instead of accumulating stress and bitterness, I now add it to my plant food. I find it brings out the natural sweetness in my plants.
Since we live in Los Angeles and only have time to sprout on weekends, my gardening scope began with a container garden on my deck and a small herb garden in a converted pond in the backyard. It has now grown. Every weekend, I add additional containers that have taken over the whole deck, moved onto the edges of the backyard and will probably take over every patch of sun we have left on our property by the time this summer is over.
Though I am far from ever opening up my own farmer’s market stand, I will be happy if I am able to grow tasty and interesting fruits, vegetables and herbs that my friends, family and I can eat.