Like a lot of Facebook users, my wife used to play FarmVille, a farm-building game which I thought to be a waste of time, involving an insane amount of RSI-inducing clickings/tappings. Some of her friends even went to the extent of waking up in the middle of the night to ‘harvest’ some plants.
Even though FarmVille was useless, I could understand how my wife and other players actually enjoyed the context of the game. It involved building something, maintaining something, and making things better. Hey, very much like why I code outside of work hours. And I relate that with what Prof. Sonja Lyubomirsky said in The How of Happiness,
Find a happy person, and you will find a project.
So about a year and a half ago I asked her, why not switch from a virtual farm to a real garden? We had a small backyard, only 30m sq but it’s enough space to grow various plants. She agreed to give it a go and proceeded with planting a number of vegetables, fruits, and flowers, gradually adding varieties of plants along the way.
Some she planted from seeds, some from seedlings. My wife turned out to be a natural, a green thumb, and besides that, she also enjoyed designing the garden. Best of all, the garden became her project, just like my weekend hacks.
As for my favourite plants? Everything that’s edible :), less things to purchase from the grocery stores. Someday I have to get my hands on implementing an automated watering system (think Ninja Blocks and pipes).
In the mean time, here are some pictures of the plants in our edible garden…
Lime. Lemon. Navel orange. Avocado.