I lost my grandfather at the end of spring. He was the most influential male role model throughout my life and the man that taught me how to be a man. I can’t begin to count how many late summer nights I spent with the shovel when I couldn’t sleep. That’s when I really started to feel the therapeutic effects of gardening. The garden became my place of quiet whenever I needed to get away. I can’t fully explain it, but there’s something uplifting about digging in the dirt. The energy I poured into the garden late at night translated into an explosion of garden space. We built 5 more beds adding nearly 200 more square feet of growing space. We grew tomatoes, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, corn, beans, okra, 24 different types of peppers, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, catnip, and lots more. The idea of growing 100% of our vegetables was beginning to look like a reality.