I have 3 apricot trees. There actually were 5 apricots in my little garden on the outskirts of Yerevan, but 2 of them died on me last year – they couldn’t stand my total lack of gardening skills and dried down.
It takes enormous effort and a lot of money to take care of the 600 sq/m garden I have. But worst of all (or maybe best of all), it takes a whole lot of time.
Planting 10 trees this week, spraying the garden with pesticides, painting the tree-trunks with a mix of lime and some strange chemicals cost me about 25,000 AMD. With rising costs for irrigation water and fertilizers, my little garden will cost $ 300 by the end of the year, which is fine, except that I only harvest a handful of apricots, some rotten apples and 3-4 kilograms of plums and cherries in the end (I got about 30 trees).
Still, I love my little garden. It’s the only thing that tears me away from the computer. And when I look at my budding apricot trees, I feel that my life is not wasted.
Gardening has also taught me to appreciate the fruits and agricultural products we get in Yerevan’s food markets, and never complain about the price.
PS: But gardening hasn’t been able to separate me from my mobile phone. Here’s a twit I sent out this morning from my garden :)