Something I’ve Recently Discovered About Myself

365 Writing Prompt


Being that we’re vegetarians, my son and I have dreamed of growing fruit and vegetables, and we often tried when we lived in Arizona. Each time we failed.

It was always something. The sun was too intense and the plants fried. We built a sun screen shade. They still fried. There were never enough bees for pollination. A Haboob would roll in and thrash the garden and destroy it.

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Eventually we quit trying. Is it impossible to grow your own food in Phoenix? It’s possible. We just sucked at it.

When we moved to Iowa last fall we decided in the spring we would plant seeds. We built the garden area before the first frost and were ready to plant as soon as spring came. The photo above of our garden was taken on 7/8/2016, six weeks after we planted seeds.

As it turns out vegetation is utterly different in Iowa than it is in Arizona. It took great effort and care in Arizona to harvest nothing. Apparently in Iowa you just toss seeds in dirt and it grows an absurd amount of food. Far more than I anticipated.

There is another side of the garden this photo doesn’t show and while it may not look like much to some, there is still eight weeks until harvest.

At first we put a 5 x 5 foot fence around the garden but it grew too large. Then we expanded it to 10 x 10. It grew through the fencing and out onto the lawn. The weight of watermelons tore a significant chunk of the fencing down. On Friday we expanded the fencing to 20 x 20.

Saturday morning we went out to the garden. Two of the plants had grown to the fence line overnight. I text a picture to a friend and in response he asked what we had growing.

Watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, sunflowers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, onions, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, celery, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, broccoli, lettuce and spinach.

What I’ve recently discovered about myself is I am capable of growing food, a crap load of it. When harvest season comes around and it’s all said and done, quite possibly enough food to feed the town of Williamsburg in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse or should Trump get elected a second term.