A Gardening Dream

A couple of years ago we moved into our brand new home, six months later we finished the yard with the basics: grass, trees, and gardening space. The grass is green (at least it will be in a month), the trees are growing, but my garden patch is still empty.

I have grand ideas of having a garden like Meryl Streep’s character from It’s Complicated (pictured above). I’d like to start from seeds, then harvest, and turn into fresh healthy meals; but I can’t seem to grow anything more than a seedling, if that. Is this just beginners wows or am I really missing the skill?

These images from Country Living this month are enough to inspire me to try again, I may not have produce to show for my efforts, but a least I’ll have fun trying.

5 Responses to “A Gardening Dream”

  1. Laurie Says:

    We never did start that garden, did we?? I feel your pain.

  2. John Says:

    ”Excellently observed,” answered Candide; “but let us cultivate our garden” – Voltaire.

    There are few greater pleasures in life notes Voltaire, than eating the produce of your own piece of land, small as it maybe.

    Try a couple of tomato plants with a few herbs – you cannot fail with mint as it grows like a weed.

  3. LB Says:

    I typically begin with starter plants; but last year, I tried planting radishes from seeds. I was surprised when they began to sprout. Understandably, they are considered quite easy to grow, but I was still proud. I’m still learning too. I do have a couple of tips…

    The soil is everything! Make sure you invest in good manure and soil. I even mixed in a little mulch. In rocky soil, it can take a few years to get all the rocks out of the garden. My friends who have mastered gardening swear by the importance of soil preparation.

    I love puttering in the garden, but I’m not a fan of fighting off annoying bugs. Marigolds are the key! It will cut down on those nasty pests who compete for your delicious fruits and veggies.

    Hang in there! It’s worth it!!

  4. sarah Says:

    Thanks LB really great advice, I’ll be getting somr Marigolds for sure since I’m not a bug lover either~

  5. Ryan Worlds Says:

    I have this dream too! – to have a garden like the one in it’s complicated! It’s so grand. I will give you a tip on getting started: there is a book called “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew. Do the setup exactly as he says and you can grow anything! I promise! I love your site! So pretty!