We live in San Antonio with our two troublemakers, which we rescued from the pound: Cupcake (aptly named as she is a bit portly) and Rosie. Our daughter is a corporate attorney based in Arizona and visits occasionally.
This blog is intended to be a collection of my many musings, thoughts, and opinions on gardening, cooking, and life at home, as such, you may find the site an eclectic collection of information.
So, where do all my thoughts on gardening come from? First, it comes from a youth spent gardening on my family’s farm in rural America. For us, gardening wasn’t just a leisurely past time, but rather, it was a legitimate and necessary source of nourishment for our very large family.
After leaving the farm, I joined the U.S. Army where I proudly served until my retirement. The military provided me the opportunity to see and garden in many parts of the world which I otherwise wouldn’t have, including Alaska, Japan, Panama, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.
Although I am far from an “expert”, my experience gardening around the world, my almost obsessive nature in reading all things gardening and the fact that I was, once upon a time, a Master Gardener has given me many insights into the world of gardening vegetables.
Although I never set out to be a gardening enthusiast, gardening is a path to self-sufficiency (and for all those concerned with pesticides, GMOs and all the other scary things lurking in our foods these days, it provides control over the food we eat). Even now, most of the produce my family eats comes from my garden in the backyard, which has often led to many conversations stemming from the curiosity of neighbors who could only speculate as to what crazy things I was growing. Much to my wife and daughter’s chagrin, there have been times that my backyard looked more like Jumanji than a garden!
Gardening has not only provided a means to commune with mother earth but has become a way to connect with a larger community. From my wife’s friends wanting vegetables to make delicious Mexican family recipes to my daughter’s pink-haired, tattooed friend looking for fresh produce to sustain her vegan diet without a scary Whole Foods price tag to a new friend learning how to keep slugs off of her tomatoes in a community urban garden in Brooklyn New York—all of these unlikely people are now part of my gardening community. I have always found that sharing the bounty is a good way to make and keep friends in both new and old familiar places.
Finally, gardening is my very own yoga class. It is where I go when I am in need of some inner peace. No matter how dire life’s troubles, I have always been able to enter the garden and leave feeling calmer—it’s as though nurturing the ground also nurtures the soul.
I hope some of my posts are useful and I am always more than happy to get requests for topics or specific questions!