I had been dreaming of buying a house with a garden so I could fulfill my romantic notion of growing my own vegetables. Lucky for me, last fall we bought a nice place with a large yard and, yes, lots of flowerbeds and a garden. Now I don’t know what to do with it!
After learning how to compost a few weeks ago (one small step for this household) I figured I had better get moving on figuring out how to grow things to eat. So I took a course at a local demonstration garden on Monday night.
The lecturer – and yes, it was a lecture – was quite knowledgeable and, amazingly, I scribbled down 9 pages of notes. (It was almost like being back in university again!) I learned about garden location, fertilizing, soil, irrigation, and more … and then about the vegetables themselves. It was exhausting! And I know you’re dying to ask me: now that I am fresh out of garden “school” and have all this new-found knowledge, what do I think about gardening?
It sounds hard!
I’m actually scared to death to move forward. Not only does it sound like a lot of work, it feels like I still really don’t know much at all about gardening! I’m sure this wasn’t the intended effect of the demonstration garden – to scare people away from gardening with this “introductory” class – but this is what I seem to have come away with … a clear case of garden fright.
The class isn’t done yet, so this could be my saving grace. Tomorrow morning is part 2 of 2 – and it’s the ‘field’ work to back up the hours of lecture we had on Monday night. I’ll be pricking and planting, and goodness knows what else. I’ll even come away with some seeds and “starts” of my own. (Hmmm, I didn’t even know what “starts” were a few weeks ago; I guess I must be learning something.)
Wish me luck all you people out there who probably think gardening is easy. I know, I know … it probably IS easy. But at this point, I haven’t bought into that concept yet!