We didn't know where to begin and it was late in the season so off I scrambled to Texas to smuggle back some tomato and pepper plants.
If you notice there's also the top of a pineapple in the corner. SERIOUSLY, to plant a pineapple, all you have to do is take the top off one you're eating and put it in dirt. I thought it was a joke but it's totally not! It just...freaking grows!
We've learned a lot these past few months and have had more than a few plants cross the green-brier bridge into the compost beyond, but it's been truly, absolutely, fabulous.
The first time eating a home-grown tomato since living back home where my mom grew them by the bushel every summer, oh man, just, it's like eating pure sunshine.
One of the biggest surprises/benefits from this has been the enthusiasm shown by my kids. They've planted, weeded (YEAH Mexican child labor!! Woot!) and have been over all pant shitting thrilled with the entire process.
Daisy eats whatever comes off of the plants like a raging zombie intent on going raw - veggie style. We usually don't make it off the roof before she's cater-pillared her way through whatever's ready to be picked. What's a little bug poop and dust when there's no pesticides or herbicides to worry about? Nada, eat it up kid!
(Little baby cantaloupes!)
I'm incredibly excited now that I have a couple of seasons under my belt and can start really planning what the next year will look like. I feel really fortunate that we can actually plant all year long here in this climate as long as we pay attention to what is able to grow and when.
What has truly affected me over the past months though is that every time I climb that ladder up to the roof (and have only fallen ONCE thank you very much) is that when I look across the thousand or so rooftops in every direction I'm so saddened to see nothing but concrete. Bare rooftops. In the community where I live where hunger is real in many families that live around me something like my garden could be a huge help for those that struggle.
I spoke with the coordinator of the outreach program that our school runs about how EASY and truly not expensive these gardens are to build. He was excited about what I'm doing and agreed that this could be a majorly beneficial tool for the people that live here. We're working on some ideas on how to get the word out and that makes me feel even closer to home than ever.
I feel closer to my mom with this garden, feel like I'm teaching my kids about healthy eating and know that in the future I'll be able to figure out a plan on how to eek out every inch of space for the maximum output of truly organic produce.
I feel incredibly blessed.
I AM incredibly blessed.