- My garden will not win prizes for beauty, though I find the resident ladybug on a kale leaf to be a stunning sight.
- My garden will not be perfect as I will sometimes let the peas go too long into the heat.
- My garden will not always be 100$ tidy with neat rows and matching raised beds, yet I’m happy I’ve tried out a variety of raised beds and containers.
- Although I do plant inedible flowers—and like them very much, thank you!— my main purpose is to grow food. If the plant can be eaten, it remains high on my list of priorities. If the plant can’t be eaten, then it falls to second or third place in order of garden priorities.
My goal is to feed my family. If I can do that without a tidy garden and with a whole load of beneficial bugs, then I am happy.
I like to see photos from those who garden for beauty and design, and I and converse with them via Twitter and offline. I love what they do even though it’s not part of who I am and what I am doing. And that’s okay. As my grandma always said, everyone is different. The world would be boring if we all gardened (or farmed) the same way.
Will I use the word “garden” here on Evenings in the Dirt? Yes, I will. That is how people view the work, so I will use the word that makes sense to others. At the same time, I know that—deep down— I am an urban organic farmer.
How do you view yourself in respect to your garden and/or urban farm?