Okay, maybe oasis is a strong word. But I can have my very own little garden!
I have never been interested in having a garden. Ever. My grandmothers were both avid gardeners, but it just looked like way too much work to me. My mom likes to pretend that she likes to garden. When I was younger (and living at home) she would often enlist my help (under protest) to start a large gardening project that was never entirely finished.
When I lived in Montreal, my roommate turned out backyard into a vegetable garden. She would constantly try to get me excited about the garden, but I couldn't be swayed. I just wasn't into it.
So why am I into it now?
Well, for one thing, I'm not going balls deep (and the raunch comes out). I don't have a very big deck, so even if I were to fill it up completely, it would still be pretty small.
I want fresh herbs! The one thing that I liked about our little Montreal garden was that there was constant access to basil. Since then I have tried unsuccessfully to keep several basil plants. This is the year I am going to figure out how to make one survive.
Tomatoes! Tomatoes are my all time favourite food. If I had to choose one food to eat forever and ever, it would be tomatoes (preferably in some sort of cheese concoction, but I love them on their own too). I can't wait to have a balcony full of the glorious red vegetafruits.
|My Kids Garden Tool Kit|
I found the cutest little learn to garden kit at Canadian Tire. Sure, it's for kids, but it is beyond perfect for me. The tools are a good size to work with my small little pots, and I can store my gloves and seed information in the bag so I can easily figure out what I am doing.
|Day One of the Garden Deck.|
I am excited about the beans. They grow on vines, so I am hoping they will cover my balcony and block the view of my trashy neighbours. When I bought the place, the last resident left the planter boxes and a big pot. They aren't the prettiest, but they will eventually be covered by plants. And you can't beat the price of Free!
I had a lot of bean left over, so I put the rest of them in little individual containers. I'll probably move them around the deck so that I can the vine in different places. But really, I'm just spreading out my bet. If I have five different pots, at least one of them will sprout, right?
I'm going to Home Depot after work to pick up some herbs to plant in the planter boxes. I am way too excited about this.
Now I just have to remember to water every day.
Have you ever tried to have a garden?
Do you have any gardening tips?