My father loves to garden and my mother loves to cook. I enjoy both as they pretty much go hand in hand. However, I have to admit that I pretty much neglected my garden for most of last year. We hired a nice man named Ricardo to help us keep things tidy but his construction skills were underutilized by the simple tasks that we asked of him: weeding, trimming, and spreading mulch. He went on vacation, promising to check in with us when he returned. Alas, he never called. We got the message. Ricardo let us go as clients.
That said, my husband and I realized that we needed to reclaim our yard ourselves, like we used to back in ... 2011! We spent a couple of weekends filling our greencycle bin and then I attacked my little vegetable garden. It’s nothing fancy, just about 4 feet by 8 feet wide and constructed as a raised bed when we redid our backyard. Every year I plant Asian herbs and a few summer vegetables. After preparing the bed, I went shopping for plants. Isn’t shopping the reward for lots of hard work?