Welcome to all things Homegrown! I have loved gardening since I was a small child. The idea that you can take this little seed, put it in the ground, and grow something entirely different feels like magic. Of course it isn't as simple as that and I have definitely had a lot of failures, but I keep trying because of that addictive quality it has. You can't give up. Try again. Try something different.
The next thing about Homegrown that allures me is the idea of Native plants & pollinator gardens. Native plants are said to be easier to grow because they're already adapted specifically to the conditions of the area you're growing, which is automatically attractive to me since I'm not a gardening expert. I also love animals of every kind and as a child growing up in Hawaii I often had "seasonal pets". One summer I took a bunch of Monarch Caterpillars home and raised them. They crawled up my wall to my ceiling to make their chrysalis and I got to witness them all become beautiful butterflies. Pollinators also support the garden in a real way and so I want to make them a nice cozy place so they stick around.
I also have three daughters who have a deep need for flowers. Lots of beautiful, bright, and aromatic flowers. So, I can't give up. I can't give up trying to help them get that perfect cut garden of their dreams. Also, it's an adventure I want to take them on at home. Besides, what kid doesn't like getting their hands in the dirt? Mine currently have a dig site in our backyard that is reminiscent of an archaeological dig. They are mining rocks, I think, they have a cleaning station and a place they display them while they dry. I find it charming, though mildly destructive.
One of the other challenges we face is that we live in a subdivision, so we share a yard with a neighbor on either side of our house. I know this is probably much more common than the fortunate ones who have a sprawling landscape to grow unending rows of beautiful plants. So, I hope our journey helps encourage you to do what you can with what you have. And every season you'll find us here reaching for that ultimate garden where we fill our baskets with that Homegrown goodness.