Last summer I made a valiant effort at planting a veggie garden. With grand intentions I planted tomatoes and peppers, green beans and cucumbers. What is it they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…? I think it was the green horn tomato beetle that made me ultimately turn away from my garden in disgust. But not everything died. The zucchini kept producing, because, well, zucchini.
I’ve decided to go a bit smaller with the edibles this year. And to join a CSA. ahem.
But I still love to garden–I’m just better with perennials than I am with veggies. I’m looking out at frost on my lawn right now…here in Zone 5 Podunk, I have a couple of weeks before I can really get down to the business of getting my flower beds divided, rearranged, and prepped for a solid growth season. But I am making plans.
My hydrangea were gorgeous last summer, and are due for some serious soil amending. My white Asiatic lily needs to be divided, like, yesterday. And I’ve finally learned that certain plants are really ticked off at me because I planted them on the North side of the house years ago, and they still don’t get enough sun even in the middle of summer.
After seven growing seasons in our home, it’s time for a full overhaul. I’m going to rearrange and expand my front gardens. My sister suggesting using one of my now-gone-by veggie beds to act as a nursery for my transplants until I firm up their new locations around the yard. My herbs were fine last year–and as I said those I’ll keep growing at home.
We may not be eating the perennials, but we do eat the herbs. My goal to is to keep my gardens as organic as I can–whether I have them for food or for aesthetics–particularly because our household water source is a well in our own yard. You don’t get much more local than that–anything I put into my garden can wind up in my tap water. I’m not sure I’m interested in manufactured chemicals leaching into my groundwater, so the organic plant food seems like the right option for us.
Now that I will have someone else growing my organic veggies (that I get to pick up in a lovely wicker basket each week, yay!) it’s all the more reason to be sure that my herbs are cared for organically as well. That’s why as a novice couponer as well as aspiring gardener, I’ve already printed the $3 Whitney Farms® coupon.
What springtime gardening projects are ahead for you?
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