“Look in the basement by the saws, what you find will fill you with awe,” was the catchy one sentence poem found within my birthday card from Brent. As I stumbled into the garage and turned the corner towards Brent’s chainsaw fixing bench, my eyes landed on the large galvanized water trough. Quite exciting! Since we bought our home last year, I’d been contemplating putting in a veggie garden. I like the thought of tromping into the back yard to pick a tomato for dinner. The only problem with this idea is that, like leafy lettuce, I wilt instantly in the hot sun. During the peak of summer, prime time for weeding, watering, de-bugging, and harvesting is just about when I’m forced to sit on an ice pack, in the shade, under a sprinkler, with an iced tea in one hand and a battery operated fan in the other. But, fill a water trough with dirt and I’ve got myself an instant-raised-bed-micro-veggie-garden-plot that I can keep on the deck and tend to with ease. How thoughtful is Brent? Now that I won’t have to tend to multiple 20 foot rows of veggies, I’m actually looking forward to gardening this summer. Over the weekend I planted radishes, carrots, peas, broccoli, tomatoes, and lettuce in seed starter trays. The radishes have already germinated; by the time late May rolls around these babies will definitely be ready for transplant!