Why do I love it so much when my hands are dirty? Digging into the Earth is such a stress reliever for me. I have been very busy lately digging, pruning, and weeding. I have also been planting my vegetable garden, which has been expanded thanks to my husband's workout with the rototiller.
I love to make homemade salsa, and my family devours it. A few years ago I started planting a "salsa garden", full of everything I need to make my salsa~ tomatoes, several different varieties of peppers (including habaneros), cilantro, onions, and garlic. The only thing I need to buy for it is limes...Michigan's harsh climate does not support citrus trees.
This year I expanded my veggie garden to include beans, peas, spinich, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli, swiss chard, and of course my lovely asparagus patch (my favorite). I do not have enough room to grow melons or corn, but we have the nicest farmer that sells his produce in our village square and we buy melons and corn from him.
I also have a nice herb garden with chives, mint, lemon balm, oregano, several different basils, several sages, and am hoping to expand that (maybe not this year) to include lavender and dill.
Having a garden is a work in progress and each year I find something that I want to change or add. My yard and gardens are like a huge art project for me. Our yard was pretty much void of any flowers when we moved in, save for some daffodils. I have planted over one hundred different varieties of flowers in our yard and have had so much fun making it beautiful. I have big plans for our yard in the future...now I just need to get my husband to weld some garden art and trellises.