In the Beginning...There Was a Garden
Y'all, I'm feeling the itch.
It's more of a tick, really.
We've got this huge backyard (which really is not very pretty right now...I'm sure the overcast weather isn't helping my view), and I am itching, ticking, jonesing to start a garden. I love flowers, but I'd rather plant veggies and fruit.
The problem is that I have no idea where to begin.
I've searched and searched on Pinterest, and there are tons of blog posts and articles about gardening, but I'm having trouble just getting started.
What do I do first?
When do I plant? What kind of soil? How much sun/shade?
Where do I plant? Side of the yard? Back of the yard? Along the fence? Out in the middle?
What do I plant? Cucumbers, definitely. Bell peppers, most likely. But, what else? What's your favorite, easily grown fruit/vegetable?
What pests do I need to worry about?
I also need to keep in mind that I have two little ones. I don't have a ton of time, and usually one of them is attached to my leg while the other is held in my arms or strapped to my chest, but I do want to do this for them and with them.
The plethora of information is overwhelming. I found an article that was titled "The 101 Things You Need to Know About Starting a Garden or You Will Fail" or something like that. Probably less hostile.
I need someone to go seed/plant shopping with me (or tell me exactly what to get). I need help with setting it up, and then I need to be taught how to take care of it. I'm totally a hands-on learner. Simply reading the information will get me nowhere.
I want it to be pretty and orderly and make sense, and if I have to do this on my own, I feel like it will be ugly and disorderly and confusing. That made me sigh. Loudly.
If you love to garden and you live around here, or you love to garden and you'd like to come visit for a day or two--I volunteer my parents' guest room...that's ok with you, Mom, right ;)--, please come.
Or you hate gardening but know someone who loves it and will gladly pass on this post to them, or you love gardening, but will write up detailed, simple, easily-followable guidelines preferably with pictures and arrows and pretty charts, please share your expertise!
I'm not posting this to Facebook since I've given it up for Lent, but if you read this and you want to pass it along to friends and family to help me out, I'd be ever so grateful! Or if you have any helpful hints, tricks, tips, not-to-do's, I'm all ears. Really. Comment below, email, or give me a call. I'm wanting to learn. I just need the right teacher. Or two. Or five.