I absolutely love vegetable gardening. I live in an apartment, but by mid-February every year, the entire area in front of my balcony door becomes my makeshift greenhouse. I start planting seeds in egg cartons and tend them daily, watching for germination well before the seed packets say they should start growing (I just know that my seeds are smarter than the rest). Once the seedlings are hardened and the frost risk is gone, they’re planted in pots out on my balcony, so I can move my tending obsession outdoors. But it wasn’t always this way.