• Beatrice Steele

Waiting for Spring and All that It Brings.

Are you ready for Spring? I am! The growing season is so exciting. The flowers are in bloom, the skies are clear, the weather is agreeable, the pollinators are doing their thing. But, most of all I love growing vegetables! They’re fresh, you know where they came from (your garden) and exactly what you put into the soil (love and sunshine). Let’s face it, they just taste better out of your garden. Not to mention bragging rights (yeah, I grew that).

I was never a fan of tomatoes when I was younger. They were watery and tasteless. One day a friend gave me some tomatoes from her garden. I wanted to scream, “Good lord, no! Not tomatoes, anything but tomatoes.” Instead, I said, “Wow, thanks, that was so thoughtful of you to give me something out of your garden.” I wasn’t lying, it was completely thoughtful, I just really didn’t want them. However, I’m a firm believer that if you accept something from someone you should use it. It’s your way of letting them know how much you appreciate them thinking of you.

So, I ate the tomatoes and OMG! They were the most delicious tomatoes I had ever had. I thought back to when I was a child and planted vegetables in my grandmother and great-grandmothers' gardens. The food we harvested was delicious, but we never planted tomatoes, what a pity. Well, I couldn’t get enough of my friend's tomatoes. I made salads, sandwiches, stews, soups, you name it, I probably made it. Somehow I knew those dishes all tasted better because of the garden-fresh tomatoes.

A sister from my congregation asked what line of business I was in and once she found out I was a Lawn Care Specialist her eyes lit up. She explained that she has a small flower garden in front of her quaint Chicago home. Since she has small children, she thought it would be fun to let them grow vegetables in the garden. Now, it was time for my eyes to light up. I excitedly asked if she knew what she wanted to plant. She had no idea. I suggested she read the book, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew to get an idea of what she could plant in her small garden. She timidly asked if I would help her. Heck yeah. How could I pass on an opportunity to help children fall in love with gardening and the taste of garden-fresh tomatoes?

Within the next few weeks, we will have to select the seeds to start indoors. It’s much more economical and the kids go wild seeing the little sprouts peeking out of the soil after just a few days. The joy and wonderment seen in their little eyes are priceless. So, yes, I am ready for Spring! Are you? What will you grow in your garden this year? Let me know. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. Once your garden starts growing, post your pictures using #my2020garden #lawncaremaven

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