3.08.2012

To Garden or Not to Garden...

Here it is March, and I'm still undecided about whether or not I will indulge (probably not the word choice that the dear husband would use) in a small garden this year. I know that as soon as I see all the plants out for sale at Lowe's and our local gardening centers, I'm going to go weak in the knees and start putting plants in the cart. How do I know this? Because it's already happened.

On Saturday, we ventured down to Lowe's to look at stuff for the PH, and those super smart sales people had strategically placed a large display of herbs right outside the front entrance. I didn't even make it through the door before I was grabbing pots of lavender, cilantro, and flat-leaf Italian parsley. In my defence, I already had all three on my list of things I'd like to grow this year, if I was going to have a garden. Otherwise, in the words of Claire Huxtable, I was just weak, and sad.

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Peter managed to put the kibosh on buying blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, and kiwi plants, even though I gave a tough sales pitch on the kiwis. In the end, his argument won out because {sigh} he was right and I am weak. I'm happy with our raspberry plants that we got (for free) two years ago, and he pointed out that if we really wanted blackberries, we could dig them up (for free) at my parent's house. We already have three fruit trees in our backyard (plus the raspberry bushes and a grape vine), and we really don't need any more to take care of - even if the thought of leisurely picking kiwis from my own plants did sound exotic.

See? Weak, and sad. Pinterest isn't making it any easier for me, but at least I've got some ideas if I ever decide to go big with a garden again. I honestly don't know what I'll do this summer - perhaps a few tomatoes, some hot peppers, or an eggplant in the deck containers, but even that is up for debate at the moment. The more spring-like it gets, however, the harder it is for me to say no. I do love picking food from my own back yard (or back deck, as the case may be) and those pots of dirt look so empty...

Are you planning a garden this year?

Linking up with Tiffany's Garden Life

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2 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure you gotta go for it. Sounds like you have a great partner who will keep you from planting the whole "south 40". Your photo of parsley makes me want to cut some herbs and cook. (We use parsley in crab cakes.) And I don't even like cooking (I like eating). Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  2. Jo is definitely right. Peter will totally prevent you from getting in over your head. And there's nothing wrong with growing a few herbs...and maybe a tomato or two. ;) As long as it doesn't get to a point that makes you dread looking at the pots and gardening area, I say you're good lol.

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