Dave and I have been in our farmhouse for two summers now… and we still don’t have a vegetable garden.
These two summers without a garden have been the ONLY two summers I can ever remember not having a garden. My parents always had a big garden (and still do) and a vegetable garden was one of the first landscaping projects we tackled in our first house.
I guess we’ve just been so busy renovating the inside of our house that we haven’t had the time to really dive into any big outside projects.
And even though I do miss the pleasure of watching my vegetables grow… and then eating them only minutes after they are picked from the vine, I DON’T miss all the time and energy it takes to grow them.
I don’t miss watering them every day, weeding them several times a week, picking the garden every day, and then storing (or giving away) boat loads of produce.
Where we live, we have several road-side stands and Farmer’s Markets within walking distance of our house. We also have so many orchards and berry patches that I could probably go to a different one every week, all summer long.
This means I can buy what I want, when I want it (without much effort on my end) and I still get very fresh, locally grown produce.
So I’m starting to not miss my own garden as much!
I do think we’ll put a garden in eventually — especially once we’re finished with other renovations and have more time to devote to it. Also, I definitely want my kids to grow up with a garden. I feel like I learned a lot by helping to take care of my parent’s garden, and it was really fun to eat beans that we had just picked 1 hour before.
We already know where our “someday vegetable garden” will go – and I’m already dreaming up all sorts of ways to make it look pretty 🙂 However for now, I think we’ll just stick with road-side stands, farmer’s markets, and local orchards.
That’s about as simple as I can get!
What about you….