Today is the day I will finally plant my upside down tomatoes! I can’t wait! I bought some seedlings a few days ago and they are already growing taller.
My grandfather has had a vegetable garden for as long as I can remember. He’s always grown amazing cucumbers and sometimes tomatoes, too. It seems like his having a garden has cultivated a strong sense of balance, patience, and dedication in his life. Or maybe he’s always had that and the garden just showed it to me…
I have wanted to have my own vegetable garden my whole life. It seemed to me that growing things, making something out of simple dirt and water, would be such a lovely way to exist. Alas, as an adult, I have never had a yard. A lack of a yard will not be an issue today, though, as I will make do in true New York fashion and plant, in my new hanging planter, a wee tomato seedling-which I plan to cultivate into a brilliant red and green bounty of topsy turvy juicy summer goodness.
See? There is a way to achieve the dreams of childhood. One just has to be flexible with the parameters. No yard? No problem.
Wish me luck!
Charles Ray. Untitled, 2009. Ink on paper, 47 x 31-1/2”.
Collection of the artist; courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.