My sister-in-law is the Extreme Gardener. She has at least 3 separate gardens. Sweet corn, potatoes, onions, and typical vegetables. She has a flower garden mixed with herbs and perennials that were heirloom before heirloom was cool. She has a small orchard and raspberry bushes as well as a strawberry patch. Annuals, perennials, biennials and just stuff for fun like a moon flower that only blooms after dark.
I know it brings her great joy. It brings joy to a lot of other people, too, because she gives away as much food as she keeps. She grows enough to supply both her daughters’ families with frozen and canned goods. She gives away to the neighbors and friends. Last night for supper we had the first sweet corn from her garden and it was beyond delicious.
It also brings her great frustration. Yesterday I stopped in and she was covering her peach trees with black netting because the birds were eating all the fruit. They had already eaten every raspberry from her bush. Something had even dug up the pumpkin seeds she had planted earlier in the spring and eaten them. This year the birds were even after the sweet corn and many ears had several rows of kernels missing. She has an electric fence around the main vegetable garden to keep out the raccoons and other varmints. But those darn birds cannot be stopped.
I guess when you think about it everything that we value in life has a side we love and that brings us joy. It also has a side that angers us as times and brings frustration. Children, careers, spouses and other relationships bring joy and happiness, as well has frustration. Just like my sister-in-law’s gardens.