If you are a long time reader you will know we are pretty passionate about gardening. I obviously won’t shut up about it but there are reasons why! There is nothing cooler than putting a seed or baby plant in the ground and within a few weeks being able to eat what it produces. Growing up I think I was pretty ambivalent about gardening. It was fine, whatever. Until as an adult I saw how much herbs cost in the store and was horrified. I can grow that and have an fairly endless supply for pretty much the same price.
A lot of the fear of gardening is that you’ll kill whatever it is you planted and that for some reason you don’t have a green thumb. But there could be lots of reasons the plant didn’t thrive and many of them may have nothing to do with you. Last year we pretty much jumped from one of the longest winters ever to summer. No spring! So our lettuces and spinach never really had the weather they needed. Asshole squirrels might be another cause, eating all your seeds. Or maybe your soil sucks, like ours. Our soil is basically clay which is why the few things we planted directly in the ground never took off. Once we started using what we compost and a mixture of other soils things turned out a lot better.
If space is an issue lots of plants do well in containers. There are also some things that just don’t seem to die, oregano I’m looking at you. I planted it once when we moved into the house 4.5 years ago. It just keeps coming back and I don’t use a large amount of it. Plants like tomatoes and basil we’ve found for us just work better buying baby plants from the experts rather than growing from seed.
Last weekend we took the time to rebuild our gardens. Through the years the bricks we used became uneven and just needed a little push back into place. Honestly I cannot begin to tell you how much better they look.Gardening can be expensive but we built ours from bricks we found on the side of our house. Free! Other items we have accumulated over the years like the compost bin and the rain barrel. I don’t think we’ve ever regretted a purchase either. Yesterday I planted some flowers and lettuces using seed packets I know we bought 4 years ago. That $2 a packet really went pretty far! So did the poor dying strawberry plants Zach bought on a whim a few years ago. They literally took over our entire gardens and gave us enough berries each for breakfast last year. If you have the space, time, and inclination give gardening a try. You may save a little money, become a little obsessive, and hopefully enjoy the heck out of it.
I’m pretty excited about free things, yes I want the fancy garden markers that Terrain and Etsy are selling, but free is better. Yesterday I made these little garden markers out of popsicle sticks. What is even more remarkable is I found over the course of owning a home we have accumulated some handy items. For once in my life we had all the supplies I needed for this little project. I made them following Makes and Takes‘ tutorial. I sprayed them with this handy wood spray we had and used wood glue we magically had 3 bottles of. No you do not need that large quantity.
This is only the start of what we’ll plant this year. We plan on visiting the nursery this weekend and buying more. I cannot begin to express how excited I am. Mostly for what we will reap and the idea that warmer weather has finally arrived.
Do you garden? What do you grow?