Every spring, it becomes a mantra for me: This year will be the year.
But this year, I really mean it. Seriously.
You see, every year I plant a garden. I started with tomatoes way back when I was a recent college graduate, throwing seeds in the puny backyard of the house I was renting. (That didn't work out so well.)
With each year comes more experience and more varieties. When I lived in Florida I had great success with Brussels sprouts (too bad my husband won't eat them), and my tomatoes were happy vines until hurricanes cut them down. Two years in a row.
But this year - this is the one. Honestly.
I started my current garden a couple of years ago, on a sunny spot the previous homeowners used. I've added to it since then, making it now two large raised beds. I added some new topsoil just a couple of weeks ago and I'm eagerly awaiting the results of my soil test.
The seeds are ordered, garden plan drawn up and the rain barrel is hooked up to a soaker hose. I am ready.
But, of course, there will be pitfalls along the way. So, I've decided to share my gardening experience with you, offering extra insight from local experts and exposing any pests or diseases that I may run across.
So, consider this the start of All Grown Up, a monthly gardening series where, hopefully, you and I will learn something new about vegetable gardening, and enjoy some fresh tomatoes in the process.
Because, I swear, this will be the year.