Last year, Mr. UrbanBliss & I (with the help of my dad) tore down our kids’ rarely-used play structure and used the wood to build two small vegetable planter boxes.
This year, we planted grapes, blueberries, bell peppers, peas, green beans, carrots, and tomatoes. As many Portlanders know, it has not been the year for tomatoes; our weather has been so extreme and unusual this year. Many of my friends’ tomato plants just haven’t survived. Ours, by some miracle, is finally starting to thrive — a little late, but better than never.
Our six-year-old son, Urban Bliss Boy, absolutely enjoyed having the honor of picking the very first ripe tomato of the bunch.
We promptly turned our first tomato delights into dinner:
If we can do this, then anyone can, no matter where you live, how busy you are, how much or little you have. We aren’t gardeners by any standards (our grass turns to crunchy straw every August and I can’t even name half the plants in our backyard, much less tell you how much or how little sun/shade they need). We don’t have a lot of room to grow an entire arsenal of fresh fruits & vegetables on which to feed our little family of four completely, and like most families, we’re insanely busy: we just don’t have the time. But with the time we DO have, the space we have, the (very little) knowledge we have to maintain a garden, we make do. We try. I figure every little step is a step in the right direction.
Most fun for Mr. Urban Bliss and I? Watching our kids care for, monitor, and love our garden. However small or large our garden may be, the lessons we feel we’re imparting on the Bliss Kids are immeasurable.
Oh, and of course, there’s the food. The food on our table that contains treasures from our little garden? Far more delicious and enjoyable than any other. This, is bliss.
What does your garden grow?