Thinking Green Thoughts

It is almost spring — well, theoretically, anyway — and so I have to start thinking seriously about my garden. I need to get seeds started PRONTO. I should have started weeks ago, but there are those niggling issues of baby minding and cat maintenance and money… so I haven’t done it yet.

YET.

But the weather appears to be warm-ish-ing up, and so I can get out and get to some dirt and start preparing for this year’s garden. Or, perhaps, if it is warm enough, I can stroller That Baby to the local Home Hardware and buy a tray of seed starters.

One of the things I have done in recent years is grow veggies in my garden. And it’s been a good thing for us, since it saves us some money and gives us fresh vegetables to eat through the summer and fall. It’s also good for the environment, since it’s organic. By that I mean, I stick seeds in dirt and WALL-AH, we have plants. Maybe I water from time to time. And then I dig the old stuff back into the dirt or chuck the greens over the fence for the deer when the season’s done. (If you are some sort of eco-warrior and that is not actually organic, don’t correct me. I don’t want to know.)

This year will be no exception, although our garden’s contents will be different from past years. We’ve discovered love of different veggies this year and so we’ll probably forego potatoes and onions and do beans and squash instead. But who knows. I’ll have to see what looks appealing. We also have a very small garden so we’ll have to see what fits. Planning is essential. So, I have to get my seeds out and plan what we will do this year. And I enjoy that part.

I also have started a lot of our flowers from seed in recent years. It’s just too expensive to fill the gardens and pots with stuff from the stores and garden centres, and although what I end up with looks measly in comparison to the lush windowboxes and pots and gardens of most of my neighbours, it’s free and it’s mine. It may not be much, but I did it myself. And the fact that it didn’t cost anything but time is a big bonus for us too.

The only problem is where to put our little greenhouse. It used to go in the window in what has now become Stinkerbelle’s room. And it has to go somewhere where DestructoCat (Duncan) can’t get into it and wreak havoc. So, we have a few logistical issues to work out yet.

But gardening is just around the corner, and I am starting to think green thoughts. And this year, there’s going to be a little gardening “assistant” out there with me. I am kind of psyched, actually.

9 thoughts on “Thinking Green Thoughts

  1. Ahhh… I am SO looking forward to having this summer off, and all the “playing in the dirt” I can do with Elena.

    Have fun planning!!

  2. I recommend bush delicata squash. Compact plant, smallish size squash, tastes like sweet potato. Mmmm. Also remember squash can go up… if it’s a non-bush variety, train it up and over that greens-chucking fence.

  3. I am really kinda looking forward to this “outside with the kid” stuff — like you, Dianne! Although my daughter probably won’t want to do much more than EAT the dirt, so… possibly running through the sprinkler or splashing in a paddling pool might be more viable options this year.

    Tafel, I have not heard of this squash variety, but it sounds lovely. I’ll see what I can find. I am also going to try training some squash over a fence if I can. I did it with cucumbers a few years back, and it worked pretty well. Mind you, squash being bigger and heavier than cucumbers, I have been advised to tie them up — WAIT FOR IT — with panty hose.

    A garden full of nylons. Gives new meaning to the phrase “garden hose”, does it not?

    *ba-dum-DUM*

  4. Hahaha, see you are not so tired that you have lost your wonderful sense of humor. Nicely done.

    I put in a garden last year and it was wonderful even for Madd Dawn to go out and “help herself” to the beans and cucumbers. I can’t wait for this year. Hopefully I will have learned a few things. I did learn that my girls love the pickling cukes rather than the regular cukes as they are compact and snack size. Needless to say, I didn’t have any for pickling.

  5. Sherri, I think my giant tired is RESPONSIBLE for my “wonderful” sense of humour!!

    My aunt used to do pickling cucumbers. She’d wash bushels of them in the washing machine to get them clean for pickling. Very odd. Or maybe very practical. I don’t know.

    But we love beans — well, I love beans, and BDH likes them — so we’re definitely going to do beans this year. We both love peas, but it’s such a lot of plant for such a small yield, at least in BDH’s estimation, that we have given up on them. But if I had a bigger garden I would definitely do peas, too.

    And of course, tomatoes are a MUST. We missed out on last year’s tomatoes because, well, we were kinda busy. And on the other side of the planet. 🙂

  6. there’s nothing I like more than gardening vicariously through someone else… so if you mean peas as in snap peas or sugar peas, then “sugar lace” is only about a foot tall, and doesn’t need staking, or “sugar sprint” is a little bush. You can sneak a little row of sugar lace in almost anywhere. Not as prolific as beans of course but fun garden snacking!

  7. I can’t remember the name of the PURPLE BEANS we planted one year but we had a great yield from them and when I went out to pull the bushes after a great harvest they were starting to bloom again and we had a late crop of them as well. Well worth putting them on our list of plants for 2009.(In Sherri’s Garden)We will help with the weeding.

  8. Oh, I’m so envious! I would love to have a garden. We do have a front porch, though, and it will be home to tomatoes and peppers this summer. And some herbs, I think. I have a feeling I am going to appreciate summer in a way I have never appreciated it before after surviving my first Quebec winter. Have fun planning!

  9. Yeah – I was thinking yesterday that I should get started too – we want to put a fence in the front yard to contain the kidlets… and plant some more berry bushes… but we’ll have to see what is in the card (budget.) 🙂

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