How Does Your Garden Grow?

I don’t know about you, but I am not the kind of person that would say I had a “green thumb.” In fact I am about as far from green as you can possibly get when it comes to gardening and plant life.  I believe in the importance of growing our own food but I have not had very much success in that area.  We have lived in our home for almost 10 years and I have only planted our garden once.  I planted peas from seed and spent half of my life weeding and watering only to get a few measly pea pods.  I didn’t even try to grown anything else.  I walked away frustrated and forlorn and haven’t gone back.  Over the years we have used the garden as our own personal dumping ground for leaves and grass and that is the extent of the use it has gotten.  Our dog has worked a lovely path around the edge as she races around the yard. 

Every year I go to a new gardening class and end up just feeling overwhelmed.  It seems there is just so much to the art of gardening that it just doesn’t seem like something I will be able to learn.  I have the desire. I just don’t know if I am capable. Every year I say I’m going to garden and every year I come up with an excuse as to why I can’t.  This year I decided I am just going to do it. If I fail, so be it, but I’m going to try. I know that working in the garden is good for my children and they are all growing so fast. Soon they will be off on their own and it will be too late.

So here we are planting.  David tilled the soil and added some compost that we bought at Home Depot. Then we planted pea plants we bought at K-Mart and pea seeds we bought at the Cal Ranch Store.  Finneas and Dave did most of the work and Rani and Oliver have been watering and weeding.  I am hopeful that something will grow and in a few weeks I am even planning to plant a few more vegetables! I am thinking tomatoes, carrots, hot peppers and maybe even some spinach and cilantro.  I haven’t decided for sure what I want to try. David wants to try corn.  What are you growing this year? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

  

April 22, 2010 - 11:25 am Julia - This makes me smile so big!! I LOVE gardening! Some of our plants die too but the kids love to help & it creates such fun memories. There is a ton to learn, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by it as well but I figure if I just start somewhere I'll eventually (through the years! lol) get it all learned. I really like the tips & tricks that Jerry Baker shares ~ I also love to pick one "weird/fun" thing to grow in our garden each year. I'm hoping to find some purple carrots this year.

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