Would you look at that?! I'm positively giddy every time I pull in my driveway. I think it's funny how people questioned (ok, question) our decision to put a garden in the front yard. And yet, I can hardly imagine our home without it now. It brings so much vibrance to what was an otherwise empty space. And reminds me how how much abundance Matt and I have created together.
It's definitely a gawkers block. Neighbors stare. Cars slow down. And it's a REALLY special day when you turn down our street and catch me standing in my garden-not-lawn AT THE SAME TIME MY NEIGHBOR IS WALKING HIS CAT. Ha! I love it. What I sincerely hope is that it's subconsciously telling passersby "You can do anything you want! There are no rules!"
Pictured: Cucumbers, brandywine pink tomatoes, thyme, green peppers, yellow peppers, jalapeños, red onions, onion greens, and green beans.
Not pictured: more basil, cherry tomatoes, and roma tomatoes than I know what to do with. Peppers that should be turning a variety of colors soon. Carrots (just a few). And spring mix and lettuce. I think those last two are the real story here. We LOVE salads, and the last couple months we've had the freshest, best tasting salads we've ever eaten.
Which is the #1 reason I grow my own food.
The #2 reason I grow my own food is my desire to live more abundantly. "We have nothing here to eat" has been replaced with "what are we going to do with all of this food?!" And I can honestly say that we have spent less time and money at the grocery store. That time has been replaced with time spent together in the garden. And the extra money? Well, that was probably spent on craft beer. Both of those sound a hell of a lot better if you ask me.
As I've mentioned before, there is a bigger homesteading journey that is starting to emerge for us. I take the next step this weekend, as I will be making an attempt at pickling jalapeños and cucumbers. Wish me luck!
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.