As I’ve gardened some this year, I’ve learned to have more patience and to pay more attention. Patience first: even fast-growing plants grow… slowly, by our modern standards. But they need care every day, or at least every day it doesn’t rain. That growth, day after day, adds up. That’s rewarding. (Nutritious too: yesterday’s salad included lettuce and tomatoes from the garden). As for attention, lots of things go wrong, but I can figure out most of it if I observe closely. I’ve learned to notice more, from the small brown butterfly that likes the lantanas to the birds in the trees nearby. That’s rewarding too.
The pictures below are just after a morning rain. The marigolds are still going strong. The dried-up flowers contain the seeds, perhaps 30 per pod. The cabbages are coming along nicely, and one of the more determined tomato plants is still producing a few cherry tomatoes. The lantana, as you may know, produces a lot of small, mostly flat flowers. This lets less-specialized insects reach the nectar (and pollinate the flowers). I could take a picture of the dirt where the spinach seeds are, but they haven’t put in an appearance yet….