A Little Garden

I was feeling optimistic on Sunday about the springy weather we’ve been having all winter. I began thinking that surely, in six weeks, it should be warm enough to get this year’s little balcony garden planted. Part of me was thinking about how last year I waited until the final frost date to put out my seedlings and the peas were roasted before they even had a chance and the tomatoes had only just started to blossom when the month full of 100+ degree days set in and we didn’t get any tomatoes until September. Part of me was thinking about how much I miss fresh produce. The CSA should start up again in April(!), and we should be once again rolling in spinach and spring greens, but there is nothing quite like going outside in the morning and picking a cucumber for your breakfast.

With all that in mind, Athrun and I went to the local hardware store to pick up a seed starting kit and some seeds. I bought vine cucumbers and two types of indeterminate tomatoes, which despite the heat, we had great luck with last year. We bought more peas (Athrun’s favorite to plant and harvest), in hopes that they make it past seedling stage. Since we had such great luck with cucumbers last year, I thought we should give squash a go. I am also going to try some greens (probably spinach because I really do eat it everyday) that I will direct seed when I put everything else out. I have a potato shriveling up in the window I am determined to find a way to grow on my balcony. (I am thinking something like this might work.)

Then I have the seeds I bought for Athrun: pumpkins, watermelons, and sunflowers.

Now, I am not adverse to growing any of these things. If I had a yard, my list of vegetables and herbs would be much larger. However, all the growing space I currently have is a 12×4 south-facing balcony, three earth boxes and various other planters. We have some established basil, oregano and mint, plus the usual suspects like ancient spider plants that need to be re-potted and a couple flowers. I think I have a strategy for attempting to grow all this food. I am not sure if I have physical space for the additional planters I am going to need, but I don’t think that is going to stop me. If worse comes to worse I’ll move the indoor plant shelf outdoors.

The garden is going to be one great big experiment this year, but it’s going to be fun. And, if I can get my kid interested in growing things himself by growing some of the stuff he likes, all the better.

As of this morning, I have some cucumber germination and will not be deterred by the fact that it might snow later. (They have promised it many times, but by now I am thinking snow is not for us this year.) To pass the time, I am going to attempt to seam up my Vignette cardigan. I am in love with the chocolate brown super soft yarn, but it’s rather dark and difficult to see when the sun doesn’t come up.

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