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:
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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  1. He IS cute. I have the same problem with small potted plants. When I go visit my family (for 2-3 weeks at a time) my husband forgets to water and the large plants are tough enough to make it, but the little ones are brown when I return. I’ve (nearly) given up.

    The outside garden is completely different, however. My husband make me look like the slacker, going out every day after work and looking quite closely at everything. We haven’t made a bed since we moved here a year ago, but we are so looking forward to doing it this spring. It’s impossible to get a tasty tomato from the grocery store.

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