You Are Your Garden

A cute little bell pepper. 

Our beans are coming on strong. 

Oh please don’t tell me it’s another year of a million green tomatoes. We need more sun to ripen those babies.

A shot of part of the garden and the chicken coop.

Look, we grew our very own cabbage patch doll. 

Don’t you just want to smooch those cute little lips?

Our grapes!!

I have a theory friends. It’s kind of a strange one, although definitely not my strangest. Hear me out for a second while I tell you about how I could very easily analyze your personality by looking at your garden for 1 minute. I seriously think how people garden says so much about who they are as people. I like to call my garden “wonderful chaos.” I have been known to overdo a good thing. I can listen to a good song a million times before I get tired of it. I buy one too many cute dresses for Miriam at a garage sale. I make 10 too many cinnamon rolls that have to be delivered to neighbors. When it comes to gardening, I can’t help but add more and more seeds and starts, even though I know that there is not room. I currently have a pumpkin plant that is jumbled in with a bunch of tomatoes and beans. I have a problem with the whole concept of proper spacing, and in real life I love to hug, and I am sure that I have a much less of a need for personal space than many people do.

My garden is semi-organized, but there is also a lot of randomness. I try to grow certain things where I know that there is the most sun, but there is a whole lot of mixing going on as well. Yes, I am a very random person. I know I meet a kindred spirit when within one conversation I can bounce around to several different topics and then  come back full circle with what we were originally talking about, and the person followed me the whole time.

There are also many weeds in my garden. To my defense, if I had more time to garden, I would spend more time pulling weeds, but I definitely would never be a no weed kind of gal. My garden may look like a big mess to some people, but it it truly is a wonderful chaos to me. I love walking around each day watching for new blossoms or to see how quickly my zucchini is growing.

So my question for you all is, what would your garden say about your personality?  Feel free to email me a picture of your garden for a free personality analysis :).

EmmaJ - July 26, 2011 - 3:50 am

This is funny! My garden would say that I try very hard to be organized and have order, but that there are things in my life that I can’t control (my zucchini, squash, and melons are all just growing wild. I am not sure what the tomato rot says about me, but it sure if frustrating!

Amanda N - July 26, 2011 - 8:37 am

What would you say about those of us who don’t garden?

Sarabeth - July 26, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Mine is pretty organized but way too full…I just want to cram in as much as I possibly can and get the most out of our small garden space. I have tomatos, carrots, green beans, cucumber, peas, and zucchini all in a 13 X 5 raised bed.

Which does translate to real life for me…there’s so much good in life that I just want to experience/have it all (hobbies, fun outings/trips, etc.). Goes back to quality vs. quantity and finding the place where you have a maximum of each. Whoa, that was deep :)

Kara Jimenez - July 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm

I think my garden says “Can’t catch up with everything that needs done.” Because I didn’t plant anything this year. I have my chickens and the perennials that come back on their own. Raspberries, cherries, plums and grapes. I usually use the excuse that I just had a baby a few months ago but you have one too so I guess that doesn’t work lol. Maybe next year.

Kara Jimenez - July 26, 2011 - 2:21 pm

By the way the cabbage patch doll joke was very cute.

kara - July 26, 2011 - 4:52 pm

Emma,
I think that the rot says you live in a humid place, and nothing more than that :).
Amanda,
It depends on if you don’t garden because you don’t have any interest at all or because you feel like you don’t have extra time. A question for you. Does the idea of sinking your hands into some wet soil sound more fun or more stressful for you. I will give you a free deeper garden analysis the next time we chat on the phone :). Ahh… the perks of being my friend :).
Sarabeth,
I love your analysis. You are an organized person who maybe puts too much on your plate. I totally agree with the quantity vs. quality. If you give a plant more space, it has more room to grow. Last year we had a properly spaced tomato plant that produced as much as 3 plants that were squished together.
Kara,
I think that my garden also says that I can’t catch up with everything. Yay for perrinials to make you feel like a gardener… even if you didn’t have to do a bunch of work. That is the best.