Some days I would wake up, or come home from work, and find a tiny baby plant peeking through. Twenty-four hours later, it was always shriveled and brown. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.
But I found comfort in the fact that my basil plant, which I received as a gift last year and then completely ignored (save a couple glasses of water occasionally) over the winter, has sprung back to life. That thing is growing like a weed. So hey, maybe I’m not a seed starter. But I can still be a gardener.
Smart magazine: April is National Garden Month, and despite a few setbacks, I’m still excited to see what I can grow. Whether you grow produce or flowers, what’s your reasoning for gardening? — Sarah
Cassady Krinock: Gardening is hard work but relaxing- I simply do it to make the house and deck look pretty. That’s my plans for this weekend
Kara Eberle: I’m experimenting with some edible landscaping by planting blueberry bushes instead of azaleas (much to Holly Nichols’ dismay) in the front of my house. I’m also going to bring in two of the bushes for our container garden here at the office. Fresh blueberries for lunch? Yes, please!
Melissa Ann Taylor: Mint is always easy and good to have on hand for Mojitos!
Holly Nichols: Kara Eberle: I’m not “dismayed.” It is more along the lines of “flabbergasted.” I love your idea of making an edible garden at your home. LOVE IT. Love that you have a huge area for a formal kitchen garden in your SOUTH facing backyard. LOVE IT. I’m just asking that for the love of – PLEASE put shade tolerant foundation plantings on the NORTH side of your house. Imagine having a year-round presence there w/ flowing evergreens… at least 6 weeks of beautiful blooms… I think that Mara would side w/ me
Beauty for the backyard, a means to relax, and fresh blueberries and mint whenever you please (or whenever they begin to produce…) are all great reasons to garden. In fact, all of them affected my desire to have a garden this summer.
But most of all, I like knowing where my food comes from. It’s the biggest reason I shop at farmers’ markets. I can talk with farmers and vendors about what’s local and in season. And when a Thanksgiving stuffing recipe calls for something I’ve never heard of (a leek, for full disclosure), I can ask someone what it is.
Gardening at home, whether it be containers, raised beds or straight in the ground, lets you control what varieties you grow and what pesticides and fertilizers you use.
Does it make sense for a 23-year-old gardening novice (without a backyard or even a patio) to commit to growing all my own food? Of course not. But I’m starting somewhere… and come hell or high water, that basil plant is going to survive.