Yeah, you read that right. The older I get the less ego I have. I know that what I am doing on my back deck is not true gardening and I’m okay with that. I just want to see things grow and IF I happen to get a harvest out of it then it is a win win for me. I want a stand up raised bed garden and have been trying to dupe my BIL into building me one. If he gives me a hard no then I plan to make them myself. Won’t that be a fun blog post? LOL
So I have decided I am too old to weed and garden the old fashion way and I am too cheap to buy the stand up raised bed gardens so I gathered all my empty flower pots and seeds from I don’t know when ago and waited for the last (hopefully) frost to pass. We have had a little rain off and on and plenty of sunshine but we had some cold nights too, so the appearance of sprouts have been spotty.
My realtor had sent a pack of wildflower seeds in a newsletter so I thought, what the heck – I’ll plant them! They are sprouting okay. They need more sun so I will probably move them to the front of the house when they are stronger. In the rectangular pots have Korean Perilla but I don’t know if they will grow as I harvested the seeds myself from plants from a year or two ago. They are not looking promising. The Japanese melon seems pretty happy though! I harvested those seeds from the fruit one of my besties gave me last year. I sent her some seeds and kept half and I will transplant them when they are bigger. The last rectangular pot contain seeds from the baby sweet peppers I bought at a grocery store. I again harvested and dried the seeds. The hanging baskets have heirloom cherry tomato seeds from the grocery store. As you can see I did not invest much in my “garden”.
I did buy a concord grape vine from Aldi and it will live in the pot until I can figure out where to put it in the backyard. Someone gave me a poppy seed planter so I planted those and then some more melons. The only bought seeds are the “salsa” mix peppers. I am only growing those because I want more of JoAnne’s pepper jelly. I just realized I did not plant any Korean green onions. I will have to remedy that. They are easy to grow so I’m not worried about that.
I do not claim to be a gardening expert of any kind although I do a better job with outdoor gardening than indoor stuff. I used to imagine having a backyard vegetable garden but my genetics but a big crimp in my plans. I have a bad knee that is at zero cartilage, arthritis and a painful damaged disc in my neck that keeps me from being a more active gardener.
No matter what kind of garden you have, I hope you are growing something. It is very satisfying to see something grow from seed or a sprout. Even more satisfying is eating the fruit of your labor – it’s a very primal satisfaction.