My dog, Buck, posing beside one of our Global Buckets just after planting on Feb.20.
I grew up in a family that believed in gardens. To this day, almost all my relatives in Virginia and North Carolina have some type of garden growing. These are not the charming English style gardens we see on the pages of Southern Living or Martha Stewart. These are huge FIELDS of everything you can imagine. When I was a kid, I did not have much love for all these gardens, because they devoured a huge chunk of my summer vacation time. We were always going off to someone’s farm to help pick butter-beans, dig potatoes, shuck corn, you name it. I cried and complained the whole time. I wanted to stay in the cool air conditioned house, read books and listen to music. A product of “Gone With the Wind” overexposure, I remember vowing to the high heavens that I would never work in a garden again for the rest of my life. And the moment I could get away from those gardens, I ran like hell. I ran fast. I ran long. Then I crashed about three years ago in Polk County, FL and came face to face with reality. I missed those gardens. I missed all the flavor in the food and the satisfaction that comes from watching something grow.
So I’ve decided to ease back into it. I absolutely love garden tomatoes, and now I’ve got two tomato plants growing on my patio. My time away from Mother Earth did teach me a few things. I know that I will always hate weeding. I know that sometimes I will forget to water the plants. And I know that I cannot maintain a full garden with a tight schedule of work, life and graduate school. Luckily, my boyfriend turned me on to a new growing design created by two young brothers in Boulder, CO. The design is referred to as Global Buckets. The creators, Max and Grant Buster, intended this design to be a solution to fight global hunger. Thank God for these boys. To them, I raise my Tervis Tumbler filled with an evening cocktail. I am having great success with this planting concept, so far. My tomatoes are doing well. There is no weeding and if I forget to water one day, all is not lost. I’ve got to admit, I really love waking up each day to see how big the plants are getting. I can hardly wait for my first tomato sandwich.
Note: I’m tracking my Global Bucket/tomato project each week with photos on Twitter. Follow me to see the progress: @tweetintams