When is a garden too big? Is it too big when you have to use a farm tractor to till it? Is it too big when you have to divide it into two gardens? Is it too big when you have to use a week’s vacation to pull weeds? My parents say a garden is too big when it fits all of the above criteria and there’s only two adults and one four-year-old child to tend it.
We had a garden near our trailer and one at the bottom of the hill, alongside our driveway. Unfortunately, we only have fuzzy memories and a few pictures of the tilling of the ground as evidence that the gardens existed.
My parents said that some of the best vegetables they have ever eaten came from those gardens. We had such an abundance of food that even after canning vegetables our family and friends were able to pick and take as much as they needed. Maybe the garden wasn’t too big after all, maybe it just needed a little more help.
Is there a garden in your life that’s too big? Do you need help tilling the ground or pulling the weeds? Is there a friend, family member, or someone you don’t particularly like, whose garden is too big? Maybe they just need a little help, like we all do.