Gardening

When we moved into our house almost two years ago I immediately installed a small raised garden bed and started collecting plants.

My garden didn’t produce much that first year, but I enjoyed a few tomatoes and carrots.

I started some plants in pots and kept them inside over the winter. Pots are an excellent way to expand on a small garden space.

As I gathered more and more potted plants I needed a way to store them vertically. I bought a plant stand from Wayfair so my whole dining room floor wouldn’t be covered with plants.

With a little practical gardening knowledge under my belt I determined that this year’s garden would be better than last year’s – both in terms of size of harvest and in growing plants we would actually eat.

I started with lettuce, spinach, peas, and radishes (even though I had never even tried a radish before this year).

Once the weather warmed up I added tomatoes, peppers, and beans (and a few Brussels Sprouts – this ended up being a mistake. Cabbage Whites are evil!)

Speaking of Cabbage Whites, I have learned more about bugs since I started gardening than I ever knew before! It’s remarkable to me how if you step back for a minute and avoid the pesticides a predator will swoop in and make a nice lunch of many of your garden pests (to get to this point you do have to be willing to tolerate a certain level of things munching on your beautiful plants).

Going out into my garden is really soothing and helps me take my mind off other things. I really enjoy the excuse to get out in the sun and work with my hands. I have become a little bit of a crazy plant lady, but you know what? I don’t mind.