Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hope Springs Eternal...I am going to try gardening again

Years ago I had a vegetable garden. It was somewhat successful, but other life activities got in the way. The garden was planted with grass and a couple of decades passed. I experimented with various flowers in our yard after that. I never had great success. I would buy small flats of annuals, place each flower carefully in the ground and watch as they struggled to grow, bloom and prosper. Sometimes that actually happened. A good deal of the time they just languished, yielding some flowers but rarely flourishing.
Our new home has a small front yard and some beds in the backyard that the former tenant spent hours cultivating. Flowers have already emerged in the front yard. I am going to try very hard not to kill what is already there.
I also want to add some flowers and vegetables. I spent some time a couple of weeks ago perusing seed catalogs online. I finally purchased several from an heirloom seed dealer. I tried not to over buy and over plan so much that I doom myself to failure. The seeds last more than one year, so the packets purchased will supply seeds for a couple of years to come.
The one vegetable I purchased was tomatoes, a small one that can be grown in pots and a larger-sized variety. I am also going to plant two herbs – parsley and dill. I bought two perennial flowers and one annual - zinnias. Last summer I planted a number of annuals and the only flower that thrived was zinnias.
I officially began by planting seeds indoors this afternoon. Assuming they turn into beautiful little plants they can be transplanted outside in a few weeks. I realize my expertise is minimal and enthusiasm may wane as the season proceeds and my work does not produce an abundance of flora. We will see what happens.