May 13, 2010
Gardening is the perfect thing in life
Photo by Jessica Walliser

I’m sitting on the patio right now.  Laptop on my lap, lemonade to my left, dogs at my feet, chickens picking nearby and my son ‘harvesting’ all the dandelions he can hold. 

Life feels just right.

Another positive: It’s tomato planting time! 

I can’t tell you how much I love deciding which tomatoes to plant in the garden each year.  We are lucky enough to have a small urban farmer here in Pittsburgh who grows about a hundred varieties of heirloom tomatoes organically (you can find Mindy here). 

There is something so exciting about reading through the website and picking the 15 different varieties I know I have room for.  Pairing down is no easy chore, mind you, but I have plenty of opportunity to try something new every season.  I haven’t made my choices yet but I’d better hurry since I’m headed to the local May Mart on Friday to buy them. 

The garden is all ready for their arrival.  Newspaper has been spread over the planting area and is now covered with composted leaves, stakes have been hammered in and the paths have a nice new blanket of straw mulch.  I hope they like their new home.  I hope they feel productive and appreciated here.  And, most of all, I hope they too find life here to be just right.

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