Your garden can be anything you want it to be: purely decorative, practical or in harmony with nature and the local ecosystem. For me, gardening is a little bit of everything. But I find myself attracted to plants since childhood, to what my parents grew up and have good memories connected with.
Garden inspired by family memories
When I think back to some of my favorite childhood plants, those that are found mainly in my garden today are some vegetables inspired by the family.
Sweet peas with sugar
My parents started a fairly large vegetable garden when I was young. I don’t think my brothers and I have been of great help until harvest time. So my absolute favorite part of the garden were the peas with sugar.
I was already an unusual child in that I loved vegetables. They were my favorite foods and the peas with sugar were the best, especially from the vine. I think at least half of what I chose never went back to the kitchen.
Today, even if I don’t have a large vegetable garden, I try to put these tasty pods every season. And some things do not change because mainly the freshly picked raw food.
My favorite tomatoes
My grandfather was also a great gardener. It did not have a large vegetable garden, but each year it cultivated several tomato plants. It has always been a joy to fill paper bags of fresh and delicious tomatoes in August.
I try the tomatoes now but, unfortunately, not with the same success. I have favorites, though. I have grown grapes and cherry tomatoes and I have had good harvests. One year, however, I lost every plant because of a fleeing wild animal that dragged the whole plant out of every pot and away into its lair. I think it may have been a groundhog, but it remains a mystery to this day.
And don’t forget the flowers too
My mom was always growing zinnias. For a long time I haven’t had enough sunlight to make these cheerful flowers happy. Now I grow them from seed every spring and put them in sunny containers. The bright red, pink and orange blooms bring me back to the simpler times and happy memories of my childhood days.
I don’t make all my gardening choices based on nostalgia, but sometimes, without even realizing it, I end up choosing plants that are familiar and comforting.