Everything that slows us and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
— May Sarton

I planted my seeds in March, when they began to grow I planted them in the ground in April.  The left is April 6th and the right is June 8th.  These are from the seeds my mom brought me back from Italy.  The zucchini looks more like round balls.  I can't wait to see how they grow and spread.  The cantaloupe is doing amazing too.  The tomatoes never showed up but Mama showed me in her garden that her Italian tomatoes were coming up.  It gave me hope so I planted more seeds today of the Italian tomato.  So far I have two volunteers from last year in the tomato category.  They are sweet like candy but look sort of scraggly.   I can't tell you how much I love to watch my garden develop, grow, thrive and give us food to eat.  I also planted carrots, beets, lettuce, celery, radish, sugar snap peas and even brussel sprouts but all from seed so patience is a requirement.

The radish below is from Mama Bears garden.  I shared all the seeds from Italy with family and friends.  Below the radish grew into a perfect heart.  So Mama Bear gave her heart radish to me.  I was so excited.