Garden of the Future?

forlorn winter garden

The lovely folks who previously owned our home were serious gardeners.  Serious.  In our front yard there are herbs of all kinds, greens (arugula, spinach, kale, and several as yet unidentified varieties), strawberries (!!!), eucalyptus, azaleas, hydrangeas, etc.  There are concord grapevines in our side yard, and in our backyard almost a quarter acre of garden.  Of course it’s pretty forlorn looking now; I mean it is the dead of winter (if by dead of winter I mean 62° and sunny).  Anyway…I have a lot of planning to do if I want to live up to the expectations of my new abode.  I have big plans for peppers, tomatoes, corn, okra, squash, and melons.  Problem is I don’t know all that much about it.  I did pretty well with my tomatoes last year – I did grow a 14 ft tall cherry tomato plant (for real!), and a 1 lb 9.2 oz tomato, but I didn’t have to plan anything to do it.  I mean I stuck those suckers in the ground, watered them regularly, fertilized them semi-regularly, and picked them when they were ripe.  It’s probably not as complicated as I think, but I’m still a little intimidated by the thought of a garden with so many different plants.  And grapes??  How in the world do you take care of them?  Apparently it’s kind of complicated and you have to prune them back just so in order for them to grace you with a crop.

Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  It’s going to be a lot of work, for sure, but the rewards will be Awesome.  With a capital “A”.  I’m hoping to can, freeze, pickle, or otherwise preserve a significant part of my crop so that I can cut down on my grocery bill and enjoy the fruits of my labors through next winter.  Wish me luck!

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5 thoughts on “Garden of the Future?

  1. I was commenting and had to stop and do something else, and my commcnt went away…
    Anyway, I was wishing you luck with your garden, but if Joe had calculated the money he has spent on plants, fertilizer(s), buckets for the tomatoes, etc., we could have bought a lot of groceries (not to mention the hours of work)!! He loves it, though, and I hope you do, too.
    Keep us posted!
    Love you,
    Aunt Kathy

  2. I just discovered your blog and It seems we are walking similar paths right now. My husband and I just closed on our first home at the end of November and I am also quite giddy with plans for the house and garden. We have a designated nursery but right now (and the foreseeable future!) we’re using it as an ironing room/winter garden, lol. I’m looking forward to seeing where your road takes you. All the best in your travels!
    Eve

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