It’s finally move in week for our new house so my gardening is slowing down. As I say goodbye to my first garden, I’m thinking back on everything I’ve learned over the past few months, as well as the tools and materials I’ve used and others that I’m looking forward to trying. There have been a few duds, but overall I’ve used a lot of great tools that I want to share with other newbie gardeners!
Starting my garden last year with a bunch of plants I wasn’t sure how to grow wasn’t the easiest way to begin, in retrospect. And after a lot of learning over the past few months and money invested into the garden beds, soil, and other little things that go into a garden, I’m now having to say goodbye to all of it because I’ll be moving into a new house.
There are exactly 3 foods I can’t live without – potatoes, onions, and garlic. It wouldn’t make for an ideal diet but as far as flavors go, these are essential. There’s nothing more satisfying than a potato dish, regardless of how you choose to cook it, and onions add depth to everything. But garlic, along with being delicious, is also powerful beyond the kitchen.
It’s been a pretty hectic few months since the beginning of April. I recently started a new job that takes over an hour to get to every day and the drive started taking a toll. So we decided to move! Moving is always irritating but I wouldn’t mind it so much if I didn’t have my garden to part with. Unfortunately, taking every plant with me and in perfect condition is impossible so saying goodbye is going to be tough.
When I decided to finally start gardening last fall, I figured I wouldn’t have it easy. We had plenty of space and plenty of sunlight but our house (and our state) feels like it sits on a giant clay deposit. Gardening with raised beds was the solution but it wasn’t feasible for every area we wanted to plant in. Adding a bunch of containers across 3/4 of an acre just wouldn’t look good regardless of what landscape architect you could get to plan out a garden. So instead of fighting the soil, we decided to let it work in our favor instead!
It’s finally strawberry season! We’re lucky enough to live in an area where strawberry picking farms are close enough to visit on weekends. I’ve been trying to go over the past few years but something always happened that made it impossible to visit one before strawberry season passed. Thankfully this year, I took a friend’s birthday as an opportunity to bond while picking our own strawberries, enjoying the sunshine on a Saturday morning outside before the Georgia heat got too rough.
When I decided to start my tomatoes indoors a couple of months ago I was kind of annoyed when I opened the seed packet. I think there were a measly 20 seeds in there and I, for some reason, felt that that wasn’t enough. Fast forward 7 weeks and there I was, sitting on a deck with more than 20 plants, from my cherry tomato seeds and some others I saved from a store-bought tomato, and no space to put them in.