It’s true. I love growing things. I get really, really excited when our seeds pop, their first true leaves appear, and then when I eat them.
When I eat something that I really like, I also do a little dance. I get a little giddy feeling, and I can’t help but do a happy dance.
Actually, I do little dances every time I get excited. I also start talking. I talk a lot anyway, but when I’m excited, it gets worse.
It’s a lot for my introverted husband to handle. It’s a lot for most people to handle. Not everyone understands my little happy dance, and my awkward goofy sense of humor.
I’m the queen of awkward moments. I’m okay with this. I’ve learned to accept it as a part of my daily life.
Where does growing food fit into this?
My love of gardening started in graduate school when I had a little herb garden outside my back door. I was successful with some basil and mint, but otherwise, my first garden was pretty much a fail.
When I was growing up, we never had a garden for our food. So when I met my husband, who was growing squash, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, onions, garlic, okra, beans, and more, I was impressed. I had never had the confidence to grow a complete garden. I had never even seen a real life kitchen garden. How sad is that?
I quickly fell in love with him and his small town farming life. I’ve been growing food with him ever since we met. Fortunately, he has had patience with me, and learning to garden with him has changed my life.
I’ve had to learn everything: how to start seeds, how to prepare a garden for planting, how to take care of the garden, how and when to harvest, how to preserve food from the garden, how to save and store seeds, and I’ve still got a lot to learn.
Learning is exciting, and I feel inspired.
I started this blog because I just couldn’t contain my excitement about growing food. And I want to share my love of gardening with anyone who will listen because I know it can change your life, too.
We live near, but not on our farm where we grow most of our vegetables. It has been working fine for some time, but we are ready to turn our little farm, which we call Whippoorwill Gardens, into a full-fledged homestead.
That includes expanding our garden, building our home on the farm, creating a permaculture landscape around the new house, and getting chickens, goats, rabbits, maybe even a cow. I’m open to anything so we’ll see what happens.
And I hope you enjoy reading about what all we have growing on around the farm. Maybe you can learn from what we do, and grow some of your own food, too. Or maybe you are already growing, and you could teach me a few things. That is exciting, too!
More about me
I’m blessed with a wonderful husband and three perfect children. I work part-time in animal medicine, and my husband runs our local business. Besides gardening, I like to eat food, drink beer, and stretch it out in yoga. I believe happiness doesn’t just come to us, we have to work for it. So I try to dedicate energy toward doing things that make me feel good.
If you want to know more about Whippoorwill Gardens, then go ahead and check us out.
*Update: we are getting a new website for the gardens. Please excuse the broken link*