Growing… gardens and children.

Today was supposed to be a big gardening day, building my planter box and getting lots of things started, but the rain caused it to be postponed until tomorrow. Tonight I am closing out my internet browser, and I am not opening it again until Seth goes to bed tomorrow. I feel like I’ve been to attached to this screen lately and I need to reconnect with the physical world and my family. I will only check my business email, but other than that tomorrow is computer-free for me until evening : )

Here is a picture I took of my basil plant (grown from seed by me) the day I got my new camera:

happy, healthy basil
{doesn’t it look happy?}

Speaking of growing, Seth has been doing entirely too much of that. I get misty-eyed if I think it about too much. But really, it’s so wonderful to watch. He is a joyful, sweet boy, so full of life and very smart. He can walk pretty much across a room now; it’s so cute.

i love this kid

the smile that melts my heart

swing, swing

he thought it was a dandelion :)
{blowing on a flower because he remembered about dandelions : ) }

little world-changer

i don't doubt it
{I love this shirt.}
oh, I don’t doubt it, my love–
you’ve certainly changed my world.

this is just the best

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Dear Planet,

Thank you for your green and blue wonderfulness, for your miraculous existence. We, your inhabitants, basically suck at taking care of you. You support our every breath, and yet we are rarely thankful. We rarely give back. In fact, most of us appear to be doing everything in our power to destroy you. This makes me very sad. Some of us are trying to change our ways, trying to become one with you once again. I promise to keep trying. Today is your day (though everyday is, really)– thank you, Earth, for everything.

Sincerely,

Hannah

oh so yellow

{this bush on the side of our house is just bursting with these yellow flowers! it makes me smile}

Today we are getting my garden all set up, and I am so excited! We’re building a planter box/raised bed of sorts, and it is going to contain eggplant, bell peppers, rosemary, two types of basil, lemon balm and sunflowers. And marigolds for pest control. What a perfect day for such a project!

Oh and in other news, this photo is a finalist in the Greeblepix contest for April. I’m so excited :) Voting is open until tonight!

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a desire to {grow}

I have not always had good luck with plants. Maybe it’s a combination of impatience and forgetfulness, but I just seem to kill them one way or another. I have an intense desire to garden though, to grow food for my family- to watch seeds I plant with my own hands grow and thrive.

We have a very small yard, but when we moved in I saw a lot of potential for a container garden. And here’s where the impatience comes in. I didn’t take the time to learn about container gardening- I just planted things and watered them and let it go. It turns out I chose the wrong soil, and at the wrong time of year, and I should have started the seeds inside first. So now I have but one or two little basil shoots that managed to survive my ignorance (but have not gotten any bigger in months now). Here is one of them:
basil
cute, isn’t it?

So I am starting over. This spring and summer I picture myself and Seth outside, him playing happily in the yard while I prune and water and do other garden things. I have been so inspired by my aunt Taina who has a natural green thumb and has always grown things, and my sister-in-law Carolann, who grew a ton of food last year in her beautiful garden. I cooked with some of her own dried parsley when we visited recently; they have been eating preserved things from her garden all winter. She told me a story of looking all over the house for my little niece, only to find her sitting in the garden eating “matoes” off the vine! I love to think of Seth growing up watching his food grow, picking and eating strawberries and peas.

I recently read these two articles from Simple Organic: 1, 2, and I borrowed Organic Crops in Pots from the library. I am considering doing  a small (about 2×3 feet) raised bed, as well as things in containers this time. Some crops will just do better with a raised bed, I think. I want to do basil, parsley, and some other herbs, and strawberries, bell peppers, some leafy greens, and maybe eggplant. I am going to start seeds soon in cardboard egg cartons, and I’ll start preparations for my raised bed. I also want to look for some unique containers to re-purpose- some ideas I’ve seen are olive oil cans, galvanized buckets, big metal colanders, and wooden fruit boxes.

Do you have a garden? or a few things in pots? Any advice for a newbie?

Wish me luck- I am determined not to kill them this time! {gracious, if I can grow a person, plants shouldn’t be that big a deal, right? hehe.}

Oh I also love You Grow Girl and am planning to borrow or buy the book Grow Great Grub.

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