Gardening was main reason for buying a house
Unlike a lot of folks, I had no problem living in an apartment. As a child,
we lived in apartments as well as my grandma’s old house but I had no strong opinion about apartments vs. houses. I have always wanted a garden though and even grew tomatoes one summer that gave us a good spaghetti dinner that my daughter and I still talk about. So when the stars seemed to align, I took the plunge and purchased a house but the main reason was that I wanted to grow my own food…more than just tomatoes on my balcony.
My first garden
Last year I planted my first garden and I tried to stay true to sustainable gardening as much as possible. Although everything didn’t produce, I absolutely loved it! I was realistic in thinking that since it’s the first time, I couldn’t expect all 15 items to grow and be harvested. Radishes came up first but I don’t eat radishes so I eventually pulled them up. Then the cucumbers started to grow and I could not have enjoyed them more. So I had cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and basil. I learned first hand how beneficial bees are and that following the spacing suggestions is probably a good thing. Overall, I was very satisfied but as with everything wanted to do better the next time around.
Introduction to sustainable gardening class
And then it happened. I saw a new class at Pierce Extension on gardening and sustainable gardening no less. I signed up on the spot; didn’t even think about it. It’s good that I did because the teacher said the class filled up fast and has a wait list. It’s 5 sessions but the first session has already been informative and worth the price. We even planted seeds. I chose Thyme. I’m excited. I hope to share more about my gardening this year. It should be a lot more productive.