I’ve always wanted to be a successful gardener, but I’ve never been good at gardening.
When we lived in California, my step-mom gave me big pots and gardening tools for Christmas one year so I could grow tomatoes in our tiny, sand-filled townhouse backyard.
Believe it or not, those tomatoes were the only successful thing I had ever grown out West. No matter how “easy” everyone said it was to grow zucchini or green onions, I could only grow tomatoes (and one variety, at that).
That’s why when we planted a summer vegetable garden, my goal was simply to keep the plants alive.