I've gardened for many years and I have gained a lot of pleasure from it. Typically, a gardening year will start with planting some seed and some seedlings. Water and feed the plants until they produce as they did the year before. Enjoy the produce through the season. Enjoy the pleasure of friends and family who also receive produce from my garden. Always look for ways to do things different from the year before. While it all has been a great pleasure, it contained little excitement.
This year, I have made an effort to grow heirloom tomato plants from seed and then plant them in the garden. I find myself checking the plants often and anticipating the results of planting the heirlooms. I've spent many, many hours researching the different heirloom varieties available looking for the perfect plants which will provide the combination of productivity, size, taste, and variation from the norm that interests me. I have high expectations, but I know that some of my selections will probably disappointment me. You simply can't control all the variables which different varieties require. Even the disappointments will be positive because I will have some new seedlings of other varieties waiting to be planted where the disappointments were growing. For me, it is always exciting to find something new, something different. Does anyone else find that kind of excitement in gardening?