Gardening season is under way, and I’m already learning what I’ll do differently next year, what works, and what doesn’t. I’ve made a lot of mental notes, so I decided to start this journal.
I’ve been familiar with growing food since I was eight years old–possibly longer, because we learned about that in preschool, and I even got to visit a farm when I was four. I’ve helped my dad with his garden, and grew some of my own things during my adult life. But while I was in school, and especially while I was studying abroad, I didn’t really have a lot of time to devote to gardening. But now that I’ve graduated, I can put more time into growing my own food.
For Christmas, my dad got me an indoor herb garden, and I think that might be what inspired me to start a garden. I spent the rest of the winter researching when to grow certain crops, attending free classes at the local nursery, and applying for a garden plot in a community garden. Currently, I am renting an apartment, and although I’ve had great success with growing tomatoes in a pot, I’d like to expand on that.
My indoor herb garden is doing well, and I’ve used some of the oregano already. Currently, I’ve also got some tomatoes started indoors, and they seem to be doing well. They won’t go outside for another month.
So far, I’ve learned that I’d prefer to grow things like lettuce, collards, and spinach from starts rather than from seeds. Maybe I’m impatient, or maybe seeds really are hard to grow. I think it might have a lot to do with instant gratification. My garden plot looks a lot nicer with heads of lettuce and collard plants in it.
Currently, I have lettuce, collards, onions, peas, and chives in my garden. I received some money for my birthday, so I am going to use that to buy myself a gift certificate to ensure that it goes toward my garden. I know that the person who sent me the money would want it that way. Anyway, I am considering squash. I love summer squash and acorn squash, but I won’t be planting any zucchini. I learned at an early age that if you plant too much zucchini, then the zucchini will turn into zucchinimen, break into your house, and blast your stereo.
Next month, along with putting out the tomato starts I already have, I want to get two more tomato plants–one with cherry tomatoes. There’s nothing like picking fresh tomatoes and popping them in your mouth. I have some beans, but I don’t remember if they get sown at the end of April or May. They may have to wait for a fall crop, because I only have a 100 square foot plot, and it might get full with what I’ve already got going so far.
It’s not supposed to rain for a few days, so I will have to visit my plot to make sure my crops have water. Saturday, I will be putting in some starts of kale, beets, cabbage, and mustard that I’ve been hardening off this week. They really want to be in the garden plot and out of their little containers. (The containers were cut and are currently held shut with rubber bands so that they can take root when I put them in my garden.) I will continue to write updates about my garden plot, the seeds I’m starting indoors, and once I start harvesting, details about meals, etc.
~The Garden Faerie