I love dirt. It’s that simple.
There is something magical about that feeling that comes across people like me each spring. There is an innate urge inside us to grow things and create life. I’ve had this feeling from the time I was 5 years old and cleared a patch of dirt between two wild pecan trees. My parents grew a big garden, and I wanted to be like them.
Our Tranquility Base property is the ideal place for a huge garden, where over millions of years occasional floods have washed rich river silt into the valley. My garden of about an acre features all the traditionals: corn, all kinds of peas and beans, several squash varieties, cucumbers, several potato varieties including sweet potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, peppers and up to 40 tomato plants.
It’s a fun hobby growing this produce, but the garden is a lot of work. One of my great joys (like my father) is growing garden produce and giving it away to friends.
There are lots of life lessons to be learned in raising a garden.
I’ll regularly share tips and stories here about best practices for your garden, and how gardening makes for a joyful life.