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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gardening

I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening. I was lucky my first year. I had a container garden on the deck off the second floor of our home. It was perfect, tons of sunlight, no pests.  Then, the next summer we rented the space, and I lost my perfect spot for a container garden. Instead I planted some things in the ground, and had my containers. Weather was not on my side that year; we had rain until August, and then a drought until the middle of September. Not the ideal growing conditions for my beloved tomatoes. Last summer the weather was perfect. I had started all of my seeds inside, and planned to expand my garden. After I spent all the time doing that, of course the sewer guy comes knocking on my door, but I’m sure you have read my post on my old blog about that 

This summer, I have decided to do no gardening at all. I am going to take the summer off. I say that now, but really know that I will still plant a bunch of tomato plants and probably peppers and cukes, all in containers. But, I won’t be planting in the ground. Instead, I am going to give myself a break. We have joined our awesome CSA for the 4th year. We get a huge selection of vegetables each week, the farm is awesome. All organic, and we just love it there. At the same time I will really be paying attention to the sun on my yard. Even though there are sewer lines running through my yard, I can still garden, I just need to get creative in the placement of my plants.

Eventually I would love to have a pumpkin patch for Emma, and then do a good deal of growing for the winter. It would also be great to have an herb garden. I am very interested in growing medicinal plants, and learning to use them and preserve them. I have lofty goals, but I figure that with the space provided, we must be able to provide a good portion of our own food. And then I can supplement with the farmers market, and then I have a pretty local diet, which is what I have been working towards for the past 4 years!

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