I think it is official. I am no longer a “black thumb.” When I first started my vegetable gardening journey, I knew nothing except my previous attempts (and failures) at keeping anything green alive. My college roommate can testify to my cactus murdering phase. Now, nearing the end of the growing season for my zone, I can safely claim a successful first garden. Virtually all of the vegetables I planted grew well.
My Memorial Day deadline has come and gone–my garden has now been completely planted.
The garden is growing!! I have radishes, turnips, two pepper varieties, peas, beans, corn, pumpkin, summer squash, zucchini, onions, two varieties of cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, oak leaf lettuce, cabbage, fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, chives, dill, cilantro, basil, and asparagus in the main garden. I also planted rhubarb, strawberries, and raspberries in additional areas around my yard. In containers, I have my tomatoes, and additional strawberries and basil. Whew! That is a lot. Too much? That remains to be seen.
Beginner Gardening 101
Today I made a trip to the garden section of my local library. I love libraries—especially in this digital age—there Is something about the smell and feel of actual books. I love the weight of them in my hand, the feel of glossy pages filled with pictures . . . I checked out several books about gardening, probably too many. Given my busy schedule these days I won’t have time to read half of them.
My Black Thumb
As I am a soon to be SAHM and about to be on a single income, I thought gardening might be a good hobby to take up. As part of my goal to try new things and embrace possibilities, why not? I mean I have RARELY had much luck in the area of gardening or plants, but if I could have a successful garden . . . the possibilities (and grocery savings) seemed endless.