Neither myself nor Dr. Primrose are gardeners. I must confess, we have been city livers for a very long time now. Last year we tried this cluelessly assuming we could just stick seeds in the ground in mid may and have a harvest….. Yeh…. As everyone can imagine, it didn’t work too well. No, it didn’t work at all. I got about five radishes…. And it all went to weed. I was crushed and horrified by my rather pathetic failure. Especially after all that time I put in crawling around smelling the dirt and burying seeds mostly too close together. Because I thought, any idiot can plant a vegetable garden….. My failure taught me something, I am not any idiot. I am an exceptional idiot.
This year I made some changes to my method. I called a local man to come out and till it. He immediately noticed some things about my dirt. He told me it is acidic. I must put down lime. He also said that I need to add nutrients. So that means compost or fertilizer. Then he told me once a week I should put down some sort of “plant food.” In addition, when I have done all that, I should cut the bottoms out of Dixie cups and plant everything inside a bottomless Dixie cup because of a certain variety of worm he noticed in my soil. I took notes of everything he said with big wide eyes wondering, “What sorcery is this?! He knows how to get plants to grow! He speaks of it as if it s a science!”
I also learned that putting down seeds is not so good a plan due to the birds and how long it takes them to grow. I would have to start them during blizzard season inside the house. So, we bought a lot of small baby vegetable plants and we began putting them into our properly prepared soil inside Dixie cups. We also followed our instructions for the strawberry patch which is also doing fabulously!
It has been a lot of exhausting hard work but every day the garden gets nicer. Now it has been covered in straw for the most part to make it easier to manage the up keep. But these photos were taken before that. Hopefully in a few days I can go out and show how well it is doing after I do some weeding. I would have done it today, but today and the next few days will be very bad weather-wise. I love seeing how beautifully my garden grows when I look out my window. It is a very special thing to see your labor and dedication sprouting roots and growing up out of the ground healthy and strong. And I fine, that I am actually proud of my little vegetable garden. Oh I know there are people out there who could do far better with it than I will do…. But I am so proud of the accomplishment I have made just getting it to grow rather than die as it did last year.
And this is just the beginning. Next year hopefully we will do even better.