Okay.  It’s really happened to me.  

I had heard about what can happen when you grow your own vegetables from other gardeners, but I didn’t think too much about it until….

It happened to me!


So, what happened you may ask?

I discovered the danger of growing a vegetable garden.

Oh, I know it looks quite innocent in the picture above.  
But, there is a real danger lurking there.
What is the danger?
Well you see, I have discovered the wonderful benefits of growing my own vegetables.  I love their delicious, fresh taste.  I enjoy saving money and passing by the produce section at the grocery store.
So what is my problem?
Although I can grow vegetables all year long, unfortunately I cannot grow the same vegetables 12 months out of the year.
I still look back to that late spring day when I harvested my first planting of garlic from my garden.

We harvested quite a bit.
 
We let it cure for a couple of weeks, then cut off the leafy tops and stored all that garlic in a cool, dry place out of the sun.
Now, I love garlic and use it a lot for cooking.  All I had to do when I needed some garlic was grab one from the bowl I was storing them in on a dark shelf.
But, the other day when I went in there, there was no more garlic.
Now, I have to buy it at the grocery store again.
I never used to mind buying garlic from the store.
But now, I sure do!
The same thing happens when I have to start buying lettuce from the store in summer after enjoying my own homegrown lettuce the rest of the year.
And it goes on and on with corn, broccoli, cucumbers, green onions, carrots and tomatoes.
So, now do you see the danger of growing your own vegetables?
You get spoiled!
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I would like to thank you all for your kind comments regarding my recent “grandmotherhood”.
I am relishing the time I get to spend with Lily Mae.  I could just sit and hold her for hours 🙂
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

9 replies
  1. HolleyGarden
    HolleyGarden says:

    Cute post. You are so right! You get spoiled! I absolutely hate going to the grocery store now, and I am counting all the canned goods, trying to makes the small amount I have last all winter! Of course, that will never happen, but I'm trying to put off going to the grocery store for as long as I can! Next year – I'm planting more!

  2. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    I look forward to that time when I can grow my own veggies again. I love your veggie area and it looks like you did well. We did a lot of veggie gardener growing up. It was a garden to feed an entire family and a daily chore on all our parts. Those days are gone now, but it was an art that I remember. Due to smaller lots of lands today, it's more difficult for homeowners to grow large gardens. Not to say it's impossible, but it create a challenge. And it's the challenge I face here once I've completed the landscaping work. Because you're right….there's nothing better than growing your own veggies in the garden!

  3. Indie
    Indie says:

    Maybe I should be thankful that my veggie garden was a bust this year then! 🙂 My two tomatoes I've eaten from my garden sure were good, though!

    Looking forward to next year's veggie garden!

  4. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Oh how right you are. I love my fresh veggies. I just wish I could grow them year round. NY gets a little too cold for most of them. So I must dream of the spring when my garden comes alive again.

  5. Liz
    Liz says:

    I'm nearly out of tomatoes–in some ways I'm kinda glad when I first run out (no more figuring out what to do with yet another tomato). But then I go to the store for some and it stinks.

  6. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Yes, I understand your feelings, after eating my homegrown veggies the supermarket ( and often even the farmer's market) stuff simply cannot match up!

  7. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    I planted an absurd amount of garlic last winter, that we harvested this summer, and I'm glad I did! As yet, we haven't run out! I envision you expanding your vegetable garden, and I agree, store bought produce doesn't compare. Do you have a farmer's market near you though, to help fill in the gaps during the season?

  8. Rose
    Rose says:

    So true, Noelle! Whenever I buy something like zucchini or yellow squash at the supermarket, I cringe, too, at the price, thinking of all the excess that I gave away during the summer.

    A belated congratulations, Grandma! Your new little blessing is so adorable. Seeing all the smiles on everyone's faces, I know there will be lots of willing arms to cuddle her.

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