Simple gardening inspiration

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  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020 - 07:19pm

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    Laura

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Here is some simple gardening inspiration. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I love the raised bed instructions on this site, but if you have limited space, time, strength, or skills, you can still garden and grow some food to supplement your diet. I had fun planting a new container vegetable and herb garden today. I also planted Marigold and Rudbeckia seeds in small containers and bought extra common milkweed and parsley for the butterflies. I planted a few each of cucumbers, yellow and zucchini squash, cherry tomatoes, basil, oregano dill, parsley, chives, and cilantro. I live in a small house with a small yard. It was empowering for me to do this. I know I will have some fresh herbs if nothing else because they are easy to grow. They are full of nutrients, especially the parsley. I did a bit of research but mostly, I experiment and keep it simple. Supplies were readily available at Dollar General for containers and local https://www.renfrowhardware.com for soil amendments, plant food, and plants. My vegetable and herb garden is inside a fenced patio, so no concern deer or rabbits will eat it all. But I do hope the bees come!

  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020 - 08:05pm

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I should also add that I had previously pulled out some mixed green seeds from the freezer, those grew quickly! I enjoyed a couple salads when I thinned out the plantings. My plan is to learn and relearn as I go and due to my limited space, I will do what I can to plant throughout the year. I am looking forward to Fall and early spring when I can plant cooler season greens. In the meantime, I am resourceful. I even found some seeds that sprouted in my compost bin from last Halloween/Autumn’s pumpkins! I transplanted those. There are two plants growing! I wonder if I will see any fruit. Again, it depends on the health of our nearby pollinators. And if these were not the kind of pumpkins/squash raised for eating, I know I can at least eat the seeds. I am on my second life after some earlier experiences, doing my best to do the right things now and accept that we are living in interesting times. I can only control what I do next and even then, that is not perfect. Al…here’s to good luck coinciding with your good efforts.

  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020 - 09:02pm

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    Linda T

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Laura,

If, you have any space left, something to consider…

I have quite a few plants in my community garden plot (in their own area) for the bees and other pollinators to forage on. From what I have noticed (in my garden at least), four types are especially popular and I can see multiple kinds as well as multiple head count buzzing from one to another… There are so many blossoms they don’t seem to mind all of the others. Oh, I see carpenter bees and some wasps too. They’re so fast, but I still try to get pictures and videos of them happily foraging on the borage, bee balm, oregano, and the lavender… Right now they have some Oregon Grape, blueberries, and a couple of kale plants that I overwintered, and are covered with yellow flowers right now…

Linda

  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020 - 06:00am

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Thanks Linda! I have lavender and oregano and the bees have been on the Lenten roses out front. I will get some borage and bee balm next : ) The front is very shady and sloped where I planted the Lenten Rose, mondo, and Christmas ferns. I have one other bed on side of house out in open that is sunny. This is where I have milkweed, parsley, and other plants for butterflies. I really appreciate your suggestions. I have some crimson clover I plan to put in some containers throughout. I am not sure the seeds I have are still viable. If that doesn’t work (getting too warm), I’ll get more seeds and try to grow that in the fall.

  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020 - 08:22am

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    Linda T

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Laura,

You’re welcome. I forgot to mention borage happily reseeds itself, I bought it one year, 2014, I already have 2 or 3 starts almost a  foot tall and have seen several a few inches tall. Bee balm is a perennial and is gorgeous, in my opinion. Bees like clover too…

Enjoy!!

Linda

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