My mom always said the real reason she was a gardener was because she found a bit of peace when she was working the soil. As one of the main reasons why she needed to find some peace, I didn’t get it the whole peace thing until I was in my twenties and had a wee patch of grass that I laughingly called my plantation.
I started creating my Patch of Peace with shrubs, perennials and annuals for colour. Every year I would pour over gardening books for new ideas. The water hungry grass was replaced with bricks in a patchwork mish mash. The shrubs grew and created more of a shade garden. I added a tree, a mini deck and a fountain. Every year my mini garden took on a new look as I created my own personal Secret Garden.
Although I still have patches of colour from my perennials; herbs and vegetables have replaced most my flowers pots, and I now have a kitchen garden. Need some basil or a grape tomato for that salad? I just walk right out the door with my snippers and snip a few leaves or pick a couple of tomatoes. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
Planting my kitchen garden (May 2013)
As a fan of all leafy greens I plant arugula every year. Here are my tips on planting a perfect patch of heart healthy greens. Every year I plant different vegetables. I have had great success with beets, carrots and beans. And I always plant basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley and oregano.