Ready to Garden

As soon as it looked like spring here, I decided to start on my new hobby — gardening. I must make it clear that when I say “gardening,” I mean planting stuff in pots — at least to start. And, it also implies that I will actually pay attention to my plants, water them occasionally, and be a good caretaker. Before I even started, however, I had to get water to the back of the house as well as the front. It was a feat of engineering that I attached a Y connector and a hundred feet of hose to it, threaded it through the fence, and attached a watering wand. My second job was to figure out if it was warm enough to start planting. I am now located in Zone 5b and am at the end of the possibly frost continuum, so it should be safe to plant. I had quite a scare with my aloe plant, though, and so am a bit concerned with my ability to keep things alive. But, after bringing the aloe back onto the porch, it went from brown to yellow to green again and thus, with this in mind, I went to Lowe’s Garden Center to begin my planting adventure.

The helpful garden attendant provided me with a flatbed cart that I had absolutely no hope of pushing through the garden center so it ended up standing in one place while I went from table to table loading the cart with potting soil, hanging plants for under the deck, and several annuals. I asked, “Where are the petunias?” My helpful friend responded, “What’s a petunia?” It was immediately clear that I would get absolutely no help and so I maneuvered through the checkout and the same person helped me unload the cart into the back of my car. No plastic or offer of anything to protect the car (I am now remembering fondly many trips to Tallahassee Nursery) and he said, “Going to do some planting?” I wanted badly to say, “No,” and finish with a sarcastic remark but I held back, got in my car, arrived home, and planted the window boxes and deck rail planters.
It may not look like much to you, but it is certainly more cheerful than it was so I was very pleased with my progress.

My children gave me a large planter for Mother’s Day and so we decided that would be my kitchen herb garden. Having crossed Lowe’s off my gardening list, this morning I went to The Brick House, a local nursery and only 6 miles from here as opposed to about 20 to Lowe’s. Not only did I get lots of herbs and potting soil for the same price or less than Lowe’s, but I got all the advice I could handle. The person who helped me was very knowledgeable and even helped with what to put in the upside down pots (begonias). After recommending separate pots for basil and rosemary, I purchased two planters that are made from recycled material and can stay out all winter (always thinking ahead). Pleased with my purchases, I headed home, carried everything up the stairs, and am ready to go. emptyplanter

To those of you who are master gardeners, have a natural talent for growing things, or have English style gardens in the backyard, I say “Great!” I know my limitations and know what I can handle, so am proud of this as a good start. Besides, I do not have soil enough to garden in the yard, so it would be quite an investment just to plant a small area. Wish me luck. I’m headed to the deck to get my herbs going. I think I’ll make pesto later!