FFfAW – The Garden Battle

The most enjoyable hours of my day are working in my garden. I love hoeing the weeds, mulching the plants and watering. It helps me calm down from my stress filled day of work.

Today, I came out to my vegetable garden and bugs had taken over my potato plants. I armed myself for battle. A bottle of soapy detergent to be sprayed on each plant. The bugs will run for their lives and I will have delectable potatoes to eat this fall.

It's not easy being a gardner but I enjoy every minute of it, even battling the bugs.


Thank you Louise, with Storyteller's Abode, for our photo prompt this week!

This is my 100 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It's fun and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

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99 thoughts on “FFfAW – The Garden Battle

  1. oh PJ thats lovely that you love to garden and i just love the simplicity of this story and how it makes you feel calm and refreshed. i used to love gardening too until a serious neck and arm injury has prevented me from continuing…..i still love looking at the flowers though. thank you for a lovely story!

    • I use to love gardening, Gina. It really was a stress reliever for me. My back is too bad now (arthritis) to do gardening anymore. This story was written as fiction (with a hint of truth. LOL). Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment.

      • i totally understand PJ! i long to be in the soil and dirt but my slipped discs and calcified tendons protest too much. it was a pure thought that captured my heart….the simple love of planting and creating new life. you are most welcome and it was my pleasure!

        • I’m sorry to hear about your back and tendons. That sounds so painful! It’s sad to have to give up things that we love because our bodies don’t work perfectly anymore. *sigh*

          • i have learned to live with it and yes giving up a lot of physical activity was hard. but as long as the mind is alive and i can see another sunrise then all is good to me. thanks PJ for always being a soothing presence.

  2. I enjoyed your story…and I admire anyone that loves to tend to a garden. πŸ™‚ Years ago I had a small garden and found very quickly that I did not enjoy…fighting the weeds, bugs, and avoding heat stroke! I am so grateful for those that do this type of work that help provide food for us.

  3. Lovely story PJ. I thought it was autobiographical but I read some of the comments. I’m sad you can’t do a stress relieving hobby you used to love. I hope you have found otherways to relieve stress despite arthritis. My Grandma loved to garden too, she did it all her life. Even into her eighties she had quite a big garden and an apple tree. She moved into senior’s apartments now. She could have a small plot but she says she’s had enough gardening for a lifetime. Great story PJ. From the comments it seemed, very relatable for many.

    • I know what you mean about weeding! They seem endless in a garden! The only gardening I do anymore is whiskey barrel gardening. I have several barrels that I have planted zuchinni, Basil, and bell peppers in. So much easier!

  4. It’s wonderful to have a hobby that relaxes you, though weeding and battling bugs could never do that for me. I prefer to sit in a garden than do the gardening! Nicely done, PJ. πŸ™‚

  5. Lovely story, Joy. It is wonderful therapy, pottering around the garden isn’t it? It’s slugs we have the problem with here in Bristol – if only we could eat the things no one would ever go hungry!
    Love how we all have slightly different spins on the same photo. Great stuff

  6. It’s a fact that so many people find gardening to be therapeutic. I love it, too, but rarely get a look in with my husband, who spends most of his time out there. Such a lovely story, PJ.

  7. I used to garden for years. I had luscious roses now I grow or orchids. Your story is on target with it being a stress reliever. I enjoyed the humor at the end when you added those frustrating insects. Well done, PJ. 😎

  8. Battle of the Bugs!! Wasn’t that a movie…oh not wait that was Battle of the Bulge!! hehe Gardening is definitely a stress reliever, digging in the dirt, being a part of nature, seeing all your plants growing, blossoming and producing food…it truly is amazing! Great take on the prompt PJ!! πŸ™‚

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