Over the course of the last year (today is the anniversary of our first planting; see May 30, 2011), I have started to develop my own style of gardening.  I am still in a learning mode and as a result, am more reactive than proactive.  For instance, it was not until after the aphids appeared that I looked into ways to repel them (most of which are not effective once the aphids are present).  As the saying goes, no mistakes, only research.  Well, I have been doing a lot of research.

I am also more laissez-faire than some of the gardeners I know or read about.  I do not usually spend long periods of time in the garden.  I do make sure to visit at least once in the morning (to check for nighttime marauders) and once in the evening (to check for water and to harvest).  Aside from that, I only do what is needed, more or less when it is needed (that is, not always immediately) and otherwise, let the garden be.  It is one of only a few things in my life that I don’t really spend too much time worrying about.

And unlike Michelle the Grower of Manifest Joy Harvests (see her beautiful post, http://manifestjoyharvests.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-process/), I do not have a ritual aspect to my gardening (except, of course, to blog about it!).  I think this is because I am still finding my way as a gardener even while my sense of being an engineer—and a writer—is strengthening as a result.