Friday, May 27, 2011

My Garden Pots...Or, Please Don't Judge

For my May goal, I determined to plant a few garden pots.  I've always been fascinated by gardening, which is a little weird because I don't like dirt.  I instinctively recoil when my fingers get the slightest bit of dirt on them.  And I won't even go into my dislike for bugs.  Let's just say I drove my grandma crazy the summer I was ten and spent a week at the farm.  There was much shrieking involved.

I've decided that I could not have picked a more intimidating goal.  I have friends who grow beautiful, flourishing gardens and I repent often through the summer over the jealously that springs up in my heart.  If you notice today's date, you'll see it is the 27th of May.  Yep, I put it off this long because while I wanted to do it, I also very much did not.  Actually, let's give my procrastination only 50% of the blame; the other 50% can go to the crazy, Seattle-like rain we've had this month.  Seriously, it's been cold and rainy practically every day.

But I did it.  And all of you with your plethora of gardening knowledge, please don't judge.  I'm sure it looks pathetic and mostly wrong, but it is what it is.

I know what you're thinking..."All that whining for those two little things?"  Yes.  On the left is a cherry tomato plant.  On the right is a cucumber plant (burpless, of course!).  Should I have bought more than one each?  Is planting only one plant putting all my proverbial eggs in one basket?  Time will tell.  I just know I hate doing things wrong, and even though I've read countless articles on container gardening, I still don't know if I got it right.  I hope there were no hidden cameras at Lowe's, watching me wander around and around and around before finally just picking the pots and plants and soil.  I felt as out of place as dental floss at a Willy Nelson concert.

I have very little hope for these strawberries.  My gut tells me that I did this very, very wrong.  But maybe this will just be my learning year.

*Side note: all of that greenery next to the strawberry pot is mint.  The previous tenant planted it because he liked the smell.  I don't really share his enthusiasm for it.  But my question is, will it take over my strawberries, even though they are in a pot?  I hope not.

And there you have it.  Our little patio.  Best case scenario is that we'll have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to munch on this summer, and we're surprised by the sweet strawberries that grace our table.  Then I'll fall in love with gardening and expand next year to include full size tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini.  Worst case scenario is that I'll take a picture at the end of the summer, and it will look exactly like this one.

1 comment:

  1. I think your garden pots are nice. Well, you just have to wait for your garden to flourish. You'll surely be surprised when you see the results afterward.

    -Jamie Keifer