One of the reasons I garden is that it reminds me to be patient; to understand that some things take time and are well-worth the wait. A summer garden is the perfect example of that lesson and I enjoy the process of getting one in the ground.
Every January the seed catalogs arrive and I start thinking about what I will plant. This year, I knew that I would have some extra space in my garden; the result of a new fence and the removal of loads of ivy. That meant that I could plant even more vegetables and flowers. There are some things that I always plant: tomatoes, herbs, zinnias, onions, and carrots are usually somewhere in my garden. They are present this year, of course. I always try a few new things (or things I haven't planted in a while). This year, that includes spaghetti squash, which I've never planted. I also planted two types of cucumbers and both green peas and sugar snap peas. All of them have been part of my garden in previous seasons and are getting another trial this year.
I'll be watching closely over the next 10 days as the seeds begin to germinate. Next comes the weeding and the mulching. A garden in process is a daily reminder of the virtue of patience. I'm looking forward to this summer's lessons.