Friday, February 24, 2012

Every Year My Garden Gets a Little Bit Better

 I always grew up with gardening, and small farming. Living in a rural northern NY town everyone I knew had gardens. Everyone I knew had flower beds and most people I knew took that to a small farm level where they had their entire backyards turned into vegetable plots. Before I got married I always had at least a small plot going wherever I lived. However when Hubby and I moved into our current home I was worried. We lived on the main street of town where hundreds of people drove and walked by our house everyday. It is a daily chore to remove trash tossed into our yard by passerbys. I figured any garden grown by us would get trampled. So the first year we lived here I had a small garden in pots on the windowsill of our bay window. I grew some flowers and herbs but nothing too spectacular.
 Then each following year my garden got a bit bigger and better. I began to move the pots outdoors and at first just had a few on the steps. Just tomatoes and a few herbs I think that year.
Then last year for the first time I felt confidant enough that our neighbors and passerbys wouldn't kick, harm or trample my garden that i expanded it to a small patch in the yard and another one growing out of our stump (the stump was accidental). Last year we grew lavender, strawberries, tomatoes, sage, basil, banana peppers, green peppers, butternut squash, zucchini, rosemary, dill, and I am sure a few other things I am forgetting about.

So this year I decided that since last year went so well and we still have a good amount of plants that made it through the winter from last year that this year we would go big. I am expanding the garden plot to about a 15 by 5 ft plot and I have doubled the amount of plants in pots. This year we are growing (so far- I know I have more I want to add) roses, marigolds, daisies, rosemary, lavender, 3 different varieties of squash, zucchini, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, basil, jalapenos, sweet peppers, spinach, carrots, and strawberries. Bug and I decided to start early this year and try growing them from seeds instead of buying plants in May. so here was our gardening adventure so far.

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