My husband and I have inhabited our house for about three years now. When we originally moved into the house in August 2007, it was too late to make any changes in the landscape, other than to do some clean up – the type you need to do once a house has been left on its own for a few months. The next year was the start of the Tidy Cat container garden … my attempt to grow tomato plants using the containers that I had lying around by virtue of the fact that we have a cat and the jumbo sizes of Tidy Cat litter come in neat, reusable plastic pails. Last year was a repeat of the container garden, but thanks to an odd summer with little rain and cooler temperatures, my tomato harvest was less than stellar.
I’ve learned that I can grow tomato plants from seed and that although I attempt to garden to provide our household with fresh vegetables, gardening relaxes me. And luckily, I have a husband that indulges me (or maybe he wants a repeat of last year’s canned salsa) so this year I’m branching out into a raised garden bed. We have one sunny spot in our backyard and although we had to take down a very unruly lilac bush and tear down some weird structure that the original owner had put up to store scrap lumber (I have no clue …), starting next week, I’ll be able to install a proper garden!
Here are some pictures of this year’s seedlings:
One of my inspirations with gardening has been J.D. Roth’s website “Get Rich Slowly.” Although I’m sad to report that he’s not doing his Annual Garden Report this year (for the past few years he’s measured how much they’ve spent on seeds, energy, hours, etc., and have weighed that versus how much their harvest saved them overall from buying produce at the grocery store), here are a couple links about his garden project:
And an excerpt from his new book featured at DealSeekingMom.com.
What about the rest of you – what are you doing this year for your gardens?
Postscript: The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite websites – as I was perusing another article of hers, I found this “Why I Love Growing Vegetables” and it pretty much sums up how I feel. 🙂
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