3/21/2013

The Lure of the Season

Garden Season 


Every year as winter winds down and I get tired of grey skies, I get the urge to grow things. I buy bags of enriched soil and packets of seeds and little cardboard thingies. (technical term)

Every year I have some sort of plan for the "best garden ever".  

This year, I've decided its time for me to be practical. I'm not going to go out there when its 110 degrees to weed a garden. I will face that fact about myself, and I will overcome it. Because I AM going to have a beautiful garden this year. I enjoy fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits, and I want to enjoy them year round.  

So I'm planning a new sort of garden for this year. 

I'm container gardening. Starting my seeds next weekend, in boxes and bowls and jars and yes, even some of those nifty little cardboard thingies. I have window boxes and pots all ready and waiting for me to fill them. 

I'm starting with some herbs- basil, and oregano and parsley on my kitchen windowsill. I bought a neat little Homer Laughlin piece - an oval casserole- that will house the basil. Then I think I'll use mason jars like the picture above shows. 

Do you do any gardening? What's your secret? 

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He's Spending His Holidays With Jacob 


9 comments:

  1. We moved from Southern California, where you can stick a branch in the ground and have a tree, to northern New Mexico, where the view in every direction is amazing but gardens must be nurtured and water is a precious commodity. Not to mention it can snow anywhere from September to Mother's Day. I started gardens every year that get neglected when I have to travel in June so last year I went mostly to containers and this year I replaced the bulbs in big room (where I put my writing station) with full spectrums. Not only do I have better light for me, I also have a great area to nurture plans in the winter. I'll be doing some starts soon, herbs like you're doing and some squashes. Looking forward to zukes from my garden. I'm even going to attempt asparagus.
    Love your e e cummings quote

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    1. I am a more determined than successful gardener. Every year I start with enthusiasm and then something happens...record high temperatures, deluges, etc. That's one of the reasons I'm focusing on containers this year. I'm hoping to salvage at least some of my labor! Your room sounds lovely.

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  2. i am disabled and can no longer work a big garden i started my herbs last year in containers and the do great. this year i will be mixing containers and planting one long narrow bed with both flowers and veggies. The mason jar thing is pretty cool I may do a couple that way also.

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    1. I do intent to do some root vegetables as well, beets, carrots, and onions. I'll try to get them started next weekend. I refuse to give up!

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    2. I love green onions I plant a row in front of the flower bed.. MMM beets and radishes sound yummy too
      Im not giving in to my disability even if i have to do it with my walker lol.. but I am trying to not have to do weeding!! good luck to both of us!

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  3. I am determined for this year to be a new one for us. A little gardening for sure, the ground on our new house hasn't been tilled for years, we may have to do the container gardener this year.
    Oh and lots of flowers, I planted so many bulbs last fall and they are starting to pop up really well.
    And then....the snow is coming!!!

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    1. I need to do bulbs next fall. Right now we do a lot of annuals in our front beds. We're in our third year of tilling the same patch. No, fourth I think now.

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  4. Last year I had my best year, lots of herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers.Just wish there wasn't snow in the forecast for this Monday. Really need some spring.

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    1. Glad you did well last year! I had a horrible year. It was 100+ temps for nearly three months running- my tomatoes were cooking on the vine!

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