Starting My Backyard Garden

Over the past 10+ years of adulthood I’ve dabbled in growing things.  As in plants in a pot that I water (when I remember to) and edible food stuff grows!  I’ve had moderate success with simple herbs like chive and parsley.  One year I tried to grow tomatoes and that was just a disaster.  I think I had the wrong kind of pots and the soil didn’t drain well so it was just a big vine sitting in water that gave me no produce.  Well this year will be different!   This is the year where I get some food from the earth.  I will turn my sweat and tears into something I can put on the dinner table!

I finally found the time to clear out  one of my flower beds along the back side of my house.  It’s funny that I was too busy or couldn’t be bothered to do this before when I was a carefree, childless adult.  But now that I have a baby and should technically have less time to garden, I’m making it a point to find the time.  I guess my priorities have shifted.

I didn’t do my normal amount of research before starting my plants.  I took a small pot, added dirt, seeds and water and set it up on the window above my kitchen sink.  Amazingly I remembered to water the pots.  In the past I have killed many plants through neglect.  Perhaps it’s the new Mommy instincts kicking in.  So I had a pot of lettuce seedlings growing on my window and yesterday I cleared out the flower bed and planted the lettuce.  I separated the little green leaves and planted them in 2 rows along the back of my house.

This could be another disaster.  There are so many things that could go wrong with a garden.  I could forget to water the plants.  Rabbits, bugs and other critters could eat the plants.  It could rain too much and my plants could drown (that happens, right?)

I’m starting off small this year with lettuce, basil, chive, green onions and a couple of tomato plants.  I do have grand plans of gardening in the future and hopefully being able to grow a lot of food.  But for now, I think I’m better off only planting what I can handle.  Cross your fingers and send me your positive thoughts as I try not to  kill these plants.

2 thoughts on “Starting My Backyard Garden”

  1. Love growing things in our garden too but lack the skills to take care of it properly, luckily my mom helps, every year we manage to grow some veggies like zucchini / peppers / tomatoes. Good luck!

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