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The Garden Is Ready for Some Growing!

By Tricia Millix


Tags: gardening, plants, farmers market,

A photo of Tricia MillixSo, we have the plan for our garden. We know what we want to plant and where. Our raised beds are all ready, we received our dirt delivery, mixed it all with our compost gold and now we need our plants.

I always have such a hard time deciding where to get the best plants, actually that is not so true, I know the best place is from our farmers' markets! I just have to get there and get them. That also is somewhat of a fib seeing how I have just started going to a new market on Saturdays about an hour away from our home to sell our bakery items, so I am already there, I just need to get them!

I think I was waiting until we had our garden beds all ready for those beautiful little plants, I would not know what to do with them if they had to wait to be planted for too long. I don't think I am an awful gardener but I could definitely use a class or two. I would love to feel more confidant in my abilities to actually get big, beautiful, plentiful plants to grow in my garden. I have not had the best of luck in the past two years when it came to getting a decent – okay even any – harvest from our garden.

Every year I am so excited to plant one and see just how much we can grow, I would love to have so much from our garden that I would have enough to give some to all my friends and maybe even have a little stand out front. Unfortunately that bliss has eluded me for years now and there has always been a reason. The willow tree fell smack-dab in the middle of it one year, and last year we had more of a floating garden than anything else! But, like I said, we have a plan!

These new raised beds will be the answer to our gardening dilemmas; we will achieve a garden that friends will envy. Actually we will be happy with a garden that we can be proud of ourselves, and hopefully we will be able to share with our friends, but only after I have canned 'til my hearts delight!

I think, above all else, that is my driving ambition behind wanting this darn garden so bad! I want those rows upon rows of filled glass gems lining my basement shelves, the same shelves that have sat barren for years. I want to taste the garden goodness well into the winter months, when your not supposed have those goodies available to grace your plate.

So, here we go again for another try at our garden, with high hopes for an overflowing garden full of all the veggies we could possibly imagine!

tricia
6/12/2009 10:26:47 PM

Cindy- My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother and family. I am so honored to have brought a little smile to you during this tough time. My garden is a place I go to be inspired and to find solace. Your words ring so true, a garden certainly does offer promise and hope, so when I am in my garden my thoughts will be with you and the hope and promise of good things to come for you. Thank you for reading and for your encouragement. Godspeed~ Tricia


tricia
6/12/2009 10:13:56 PM

Dave- I am happy to report that my tomato's are doing very well, I can actually see little tiny tomato's and a bunch of beautiful blossoms. I am looking forward to canning, I love everything that goes along with it! Like you said back to basics! I have two great times in the garden; when I have the opportunity to be alone and loose myself in the quiet of the garden and when I am able to show my children all the wonderful things to learn in a garden. I too am already looking forward to next year and all the things I can add to my list of things I "need" to grow. I agree with you as far as starting from seed, it is just too tempting to get them already to go! Although, I really do want to try to start some of my plants from seed - someday!! I will send little garden wishes your way to keep your garden growing and your dreams in the soil.


cindy murphy
6/12/2009 12:14:48 PM

Tricia - I am sitting here in a hospital room, 300 miles from my home, husband, and children, watching my mother finally get the most sleep I've seen her have since being admitted a week ago. It's been a stressful time, but reading about your excitement gave me a great big smile; a garden is a thing of such hope and promise, and Dave's right -it's an emotional experience. I hope your experience this season it a great one. ~ Cindy


nebraska dave
6/12/2009 7:58:00 AM

Tricia, what an inspiration it’s been for me to read your blog entry. I too struggle with procrastination about buying plants and then planting plants. I’ve managed to take care of the watering issues that I had in past years. I’ve pretty much given up on starting plants from seed as it requires too much attention on a daily basis and well the store bought plants always look so much better. Three tomatoes and three green peppers are hardly worth the effort. Those are just for table eating. I am going to forage the farmers markets this year to fill the mason jars I have been acquiring since the beginning of the year. I haven’t canned for almost 20 years, but want to get back to the basics of life. Gardening just seems to give me balance in life. I suppose there was a time in my family history when gardening was more for survival but for me it’s more about the emotional experience of tending the plants, feeling the soil, smelling the smells. Gardening calms my spirit from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Nature never gets in a hurry and always has the right timing for every thing. My gardening experience this year has really expanded my creative side. I mostly exist in the logical methodical goal oriented side of the brain. I’m already thinking about how I can change things next year and make improvements in the garden. I might even expand the one raised bed to two. That’s the thing about gardening, if I don’t like it, I can just change it. I have a tendency to leave things the way they are for decades even if it doesn’t work efficiently. This last year my little container garden and small earth bound garden has moved me forward into a whole new creative season of life. May your gardening experience always sooth your soul and never be a chore.


tricia
6/11/2009 5:21:42 PM

Paul- Thank you for your words of encouragement! You are so correct, if I didn't enjoy it so darn much I would just throw in the gloves! It seems my desire for a nice garden has been a long time coming and so far so good with our raised beds, more to come on that?!! Please feel free to share any tips you may have.....please! You must have a few that could help!!! Thanks and please "Stay Tuned". Regards- Tricia


paul gardener
6/11/2009 3:09:18 PM

Good luck to you Tricia. That's the kind of hope that makes gardeners such happy people! How can you be a pessimist and keep gardening? All we can do is keep trying and do the best we can. Your garden will get there with that attitude no doubt. Paul Gardener~