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.
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.