My project of choice this year kind of chose me, I suppose. I don’t truly know how it happened, one minute I am on pinterest, then instagram, then I am following a few folks, and then, bam! One Saturday finds my husband, Rich, and I building a small raised garden bed in our front yard.
We kept it small, just in case I were to repeat my history as a plant murderer……..yes, it is true, for most (okay, all) my life I have had a black thumb. As sad as it sounds, it was sadder still because both my sweet mother and mother-in-law, had even more hope in young wife me than I did. My mother worked at a local nursery during this time and brought many plant and flower starts and help me plant them in various parts of our yard. My mother-in-law gave us starts of her Lillies- both Easter and Surprise. Rich and my father-in-law tilled us a big garden and it was all very exciting, except, well, apparently, I wasn’t very good at this gardening thing back then. What survived and still thrive to this day are the surprise and Easter Lillies, along with some iris my mom planted in our fence row. And, let’s face it- those really just take care of themselves and go along about their happy little lives. So, again, I have no answer as to how I have arrived here this year, except I am so glad I did, my goodness, I am so enjoying it! I love seeing how well my Hasta La Pasta squashes are coming up, and the cucumber plants are green and doing well.
Rich ordered a book for me which I will link here, because it is amazing! It is called The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables by Jessica Sowards. I feel like I have learned so much from this resource and I feel like, if we were to ever meet, we would be friends. Plus, like my mother and mother-in-law before her, she believes I can do it! As she puts it, I am growing a gardener.
So, I now start and end each day with a quick check on my little garden. I am so excited (and thankful!) to see how well most of the plants are doing. In addition to building me a garden bed, Rich also bought and assembled grow shelves for me. He’s one of the good ones!
Somedays, when they need water, I get to use my fancy new red hose Rich got me that has a new little hanging hook on our front porch. The last couple weeks here in SW Missouri though, I haven’t got to switch the settings on the hose and give my little plant children drinks, due to the rain we have had. Strange how I am missing that, but if Missouri holds true, there will be many a day ahead in the summer months when I will have opportunity again.
I would love to know where you are, what you are growing in your garden this year, and what tips you have learned that help make your garden grow! Please send me an email or leave a comment below.
Keep working toward your harvest,