Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Garden

Our garden isn't very large or productive. We don't have much yard to dig in so we make do and plant in pots on the back deck. I have big dreams of raised beds, fruit trees, garlic patches and blueberry bushes but for now this is what we have to work with. This year our adventures into gardening taught us some lovely lessons.

Lesson 1: Morning Glory seeds are poisonous and produce an LSD like effect when eaten. Lenora ate some (we really think she only ate 1) but poison control sent us straight to the emergency room for a preventative drink of liquid charcoal. Poor kid did a bang up job of drinking it down, then promptly throwing it all back up over me. Thankfully she didn't start seeing things and we were on our way home a few hours later.

Lesson 2: It's almost impossible to purchase or make potting soil for container gardening with no plastic trash. After reading this book I have been trying to reduce the amount of waste we generate. I thought I hit the jackpot when I found a garden center that would let me purchase dirt and leaf grow compost in my own buckets. I ended up paying more because they couldn't figure out an easy way to charge me since they normally sell by the yard. Also, when I got home to mix up my own potting soil I found it was still too heavy and ended up having to purchase peat moss and vermiculite that I could only find in plastic bags. Can't say I didn't try. 

Our plants have already started to take off and look so much different from these beginning shots. I cannot wait to share with you how they grow this summer.