Growing up, until around the end of elementary school, I remember having vegetable gardens in our yard. My mom informed me that the reason we didn’t have gardens during my middle school & high school years was because the house we lived in had a massive front yard and no back yard, and “nobody wants a garden in their front yard”. I maintain that we could have had a garden inconspicuously hidden behind the massive hideous bushes that surrounded our property. But, alas, nothing can be done about it now!
In the summer of 2008, my sister and I decided to attempt a garden in our yard. It was not successful. I think that was partially because we planted it too late in the spring, partially because we didn’t give it the attention it needed, and also maybe because our soil – which was just our yard dirt – wasn’t that great.
I’ve decided to give it another shot this year. But this year, I am doing a container garden instead of a standard garden. I did some reading on container gardening and it definitely has its pros! For example, today when we’ve had storms and strong winds, I brought my pots under the patio, so they’re not in the crazy weather. I actually bought a 99 cent book in the Kindle store over the weekend and got quite the education on container gardening. It was 99 cents well spent. If anyone is curious, the book is called Container Gardening – A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Container Gardening by Alice C. Murray. It was a wealth of information for a buck! It comes highly recommended.
After some research, a few visits to Lowe’s and Home Depot, and then sending my dad to pick up some better quality soil at a local garden mart instead of one of the major stores, I was ready to plant. My sweet parents came over to help me Tuesday night.
Daddy scrubbed my hand-me-down pots from Mama with soap and water. (This is something I learned in my Kindle book! I would have probably just rinsed them out really well, but I learned that soap and water were necessary to make sure there are no lingering pesticides, insect eggs, salt deposits, etc. from the previous planting.)
Sayid discovered my new watering can and kept drinking from it. He also decided he liked snacking on potting soil, unfortunately.
In the end, I got everything planted! From left to right, I have Sayid (who at 85 pounds is pretty much still growing!), patio tomatoes, strawberries, squash, and cucumbers!
I had three strawberries on my plant to begin with. Two were green and one was red. The red one was so lovely and it smelled so sweet! I took a picture of my cute little strawberry. And thank goodness, because by the time I got home Wednesday afternoon, a bird had been snacking on my precious little treasured berry. But wasn’t it cute before the rude bird with great taste but no manners came & destroyed it?
I am hopeful that my garden will be successful, but I’ve gotta figure out something to keep those pesky birds away!