Gardener Story: Louise Bailey
Goodness, it’s mid-April and the weather suddenly went from flip-flops and tank-tops to furry boots and sweaters! Once upon a time, things like this kept me from even trying to garden; however, since I’ve been in the Build It Up! gardening program, my confidence to garden through all types of weather and conditions has increased significantly. Once upon a time I could literally kill plastic plants, but not anymore! Last year I grew my first ever lush year-round garden, and whilst I did experience a few frustrating moments, overall (primarily the ‘bean bugs’, and that moment I learned the hard-way what a Saddleback Caterpillar is). Oh, and when the birds feasted on my newly planted seeds, but this year I’m more the wiser on all three). It was one of the biggest and best accomplishments of my life.
The first of my accomplishments, who are now teenagers and one grown adult, volunteered along the way, so it feels like a ‘Two for One’ moment. Not only are we eating healthier homegrown food, but our children are learning self-sufficiency.
I emphasize that our children “volunteered”, because I grew up on a 10 acre farm and “had” to do garden work that never seemed like fun. You’d think that I would have learned the many wa
I now love gardening. I understand some years may not be as awesome as other years, pending crazy weather patterns, but so be it. I have this feeling of contentment from just knowing I’m trying.