This post is an entry for this month’s Green Mom’s Carnival. The topic is Gardening.
This Mother Earth’s green thumb is more a beautiful shade of brown. My outdoor gardens over the years have usually been meager attempts at live vegetation. Truth is I am lazy. I have in the past planted and then let nature do the rest. Meaning weed overgrowth or sun scorching. I feel terrible that this has been a reality for me but I thought I’d be truthful
However I am getting “better”
I finally have tomatoes figured out. I have three small raised beds, beautiful tall sturdy tomato cages and my soil is wonderfully porous and rich. I also did basil successfully last year. I kept it simple and enjoyed the small yield which was just enough for my personal needs. It was plenty for many tomato, mozzarella and basil salads and even a few batches of pesto
first cherry tomatoes from last year
Last year I started composting, well my landlord did, and I got to add my veggie scraps. This curbside garbage reduction method makes me so mother earthy happy I can’t stand it – composting is so cool.
I have also accomplished the container garden. In years past I just did flowers. While these have sometimes been beautiful they haven’t been edible
This year I planted lettuces, spinach, serrano peppers and more herbs all in containers. I am also planting seeds which I have not ever had luck with, but am determined this year to give it a go. I am doing part starts and part seeds.
pre-planting raised beds and containers
I am inspired very much by Janis King of Walnut Grove Farm,a woman I befriended when my daughter and I were doing college searches.
She hand tills these huge plots and has rows and rows of greens, herbs and flowers for eating and drying. Her garden is just beautiful.
Last summer she handed me scissors and said have at it – make yourself a salad! Of course it was positively delicious.
I thought what if I could do this in my very own back yard?
I don’t have any great gardening tips just yet.
This brown thumb is still becoming green