I have been growing some plants (inside of course) for my garden this year and it has got me thinking about my first garden I planted. Last year for my birthday my awesome husband built me a good old fashioned garden box in our backyard so that I could grow some delicious veggies for our family. I was so excited since I had been wanting to have a garden for quite some time.
One Saturday morning we packed up the kiddos and went to a local garden center and picked out bags of soil, a variety of plants (goodness they are expensive), a small jug of plant food and a watering can. I was thinking to myself “how hard can this be, I mean all we have to do is dig some holes, place in the green little plants, water them and we will have a thriving and bountiful garden”…yeah, I know very naive.
I had no clue what I was doing planting a garden
Upon our arrival home we then got ready to “play in the dirt” by placing all the rich soil in the large rectangle just built and picking a spot for my new little plant friends to live for the next few months. To be honest with you all…I didn’t have ONE clue what I was doing! I didn’t really “plan” what plant was going where I just dug a hole and placed them in in a nice little row. Oh how they looked so cute! We then realized that we had some friends that also thought my new plants were oh so cute too so then came the four posts and the netting. It was so nice to walk outside and check in on my garden to see the progress it was making and I sometimes wondered if I was being an overbearing garden mom. lol.
I became a garden mom
After a few weeks of watering and beautiful sunshine, the plants were growing green and tall. Let me tell you, this garden mom was ECSTATIC! It was such a proud feeling to know that something I planted was growing in my backyard. I knew that the fruits (in this case veggies) of my labor were going to bountiful and taste delicious!
So how did it go you ask? Some plants thrived more than others but I would say it was a success for my first attempt! We had some yummy tomatoes, a few snow peas, 3 strawberries (yes only 3) and lots of jalapeno peppers and other pepper varieties….Our zuchinni plants did not survive…someone said they didn’t have enough space? Anyone out there have some advice on how to successfully grow zuchinni?
What I learned from my 1st garden experience
So now let me tell you what I learned from my first garden experience now that I am getting ready for round #2….
- Planning. I need to draw out and graph the plants I am planning and where the best placement for size and sunlight it needs.
- Purpose. I need to pick vegetables that my family will actually enjoy (we planted too many peppers that were sadly not used) and later wished we had more zuchinni and tomatoes
- Price. I couldn’t believe how expensive the plants were-so this year I am trying to grow my own seeds at home to cut down on the number of plants I will need to purchase
- Patience. This year instead of stalking my little garden plants I am going to sit back and enjoy my amazing creators work. Don’t get me wrong…I know that I need to “tend” to the garden with watering/picking out the weeds that can creep in…but I want to let go of the control factor that I tried to have last year and this year really enjoy the beautiful and rewarding process a garden can bring.
Who knew that gardening could help me with my lack of patience?! Oh, and to my husband who is reading this post wondering if he should build another garden box for me to help me attain my goal of having more patience…no honey, one garden is plenty for me. 🙂
Share your gardening advice
What tips/advice can you give that you have learned over the years? What plants have been successful? Any books you recommend reading?