Mary Mary Quite Contrary...

...How does your garden grow?

With tomato plants three
and herbs for you and me.
That's how Mandy's garden grows!

Well, this is my first year planting tomatoes, and they are looking great! We planted three Roma tomato plants, and by the looks of the picture below, they are a bit too close together. They really look more like a tomato bush. Whoops! I'll know better next year.

Our banana peppers also are looking good, as you can see below. There are a a few peppers that are getting just about big enough to eat.

Our debut herbs (rosemary, cilantro and parsley) are doing well, and the perennials we planted last year (chives, oregano, mint) are really taking over!

What is it about gardening that makes you feel so good? I wonder if there are studies that cite the health benefits of gardening because of all the endorphins the body releases?

Maybe it feels good because of the inherent hope. Beginning something small and cultivating it to fruition. Thinking about all the future possibilites ... canned tomatoes, salsa, homemade spaghetti sauce.

It's kind of like that in life, too, I guess. Without hope, what have you got? Our lives begin small, but with the love and nurture of those around us—parents, grandparents, friends—we grow into something beautiful and, hopefully, useful to the world. Being less wasteful and taking care of the earth. Living compassionately and taking care of our neighbor, whether he is next door or on the other side of the globe.


egtara said...

garden looks good.

Mandy said...

Thanks! I'm awfully proud of it! =D

Karen A. Cooke said...

I agree - there is just something special about growing something! I always plant herbs and love going out to the garden to harvest them when cooking dinner. Your garden looks great! Karen

Mandy said...

Thanks Karen! I'd love to hear about what you grow in your garden!

Sarah Blanshan said...

Looks great! Your plants are more mature than mine, but we're getting there. We've got tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, brocolli, green beans, spinach, and watermelon. I planted lettuce but it never came up! I blame the neighbor cats that dug around in the box before we got a fence up. The rest have sprouted, so I hope they survive!

madcobug said...

Garden looking good. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment. Helen