Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This past Sunday, I went to my local home improvement store looking for some hanging flower baskets for my front porch. While I was in the garden center, I spotted big display of small vegetable and herb plants the sales associates were watering. I wandered over to check them out just browsing and killing some time. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I just donít do outside and I really donít care to eat most vegetables! But never the less I found myself putting a cucumber and melon plant in my buggy. I thought ĒHey, this will be easy to do. I can grow these in a planter in the back yard! Ē. After picking out the perfect flower baskets for my porch, I ended up right back over by the veggie plants. I am still not sure what came over me, but I left the store with at least 25 plants! I quickly realized I was not going to be able to get away with the small container garden in the backyard I had imagined. I took my plant haul home and I sweet talked my Daddy into helping me dig up and prepare a small 5 by 25 foot garden. Looking at all those plants that I now had to get into the ground, I began to remember the big garden my granddaddy would plant every summer and how much hard work it was for him to maintain. I can remember helping pick the vegetables when I was a little girl and it being so hot and humid it seemed unbearable at times. But every spring without fail he would replant his garden. I quickly realized I had not thought this through. This was going to be a lot of hard work! Now, here in Mississippi in the summer two things were never run short on are heat and humidity. I began to panic a little. What in the world had I gotten myself into?!? I hate to be hot and sweaty! I hate to be outside with bugs and I donít even like to eat over half the things I am about to plant! This was not in my comfort zone. Then it was just like a light clicked on. It is my comfort zone that is helping to keep me overweight and unhealthy, and I was going to have to push myself to get out of it if I was ever going to see any real results. Yes, ice cream does taste better than squash or eggplant, but the veggies are just better for you. Yes, it is more fun to play Candy Crush Saga in my air conditioned house, than it is to weed and fertilize a vegetable garden, but gardening will burn tons of calories. So, I put my big girl panties of on and got to planting. By the time I was done I was a dirty, sweaty mess and I was worn slap out, but I was so proud! I am looking forward to actually trying some new recipes when my harvest comes in and excited about going home and working in my little garden every afternoon. Maybe I will grow a new set of life long healthy habits; I just had to break out of my comfort zone!