I did it! I found a way to make my blog even more dull. We are going to watch the grass grow together. Okay, not grass but probably something just about as interesting…our attempt at a garden. We’ve been talking about wanting one for the past couple of years – mostly likely because we can’t plant one. Stupid lease.
To make a short story long, our lease is up April 30th. We looked at houses and thought very seriously about building or buying one…then chickened out. We decided to stay put for 1 more year to further reduce our debt before we take on another mortgage. (Being a grown up sucks sometimes.) But right after we made the decision, we saw an interesting house go up on the MLS. We live in an area where 95% of the homes were built in the past 20 years. It is subdivision city where you are guaranteed a cookie cutter house and a home owner’s association. We dislike those 2 things immensely but there are enough things about this area that we like that we are willing to put up with them. But this house wasn’t in a subdivision and it was over 100 years old. Guaranteed plumbing and electrical issues character – instant lust from us.
We went to see it. The yard was wonderful. Large but not too much mowing, mature trees (even a swing hanging from one which Sabrina liked), a garden all fenced off, and around the house itself an actual picket fence (no longer white but it could be). But alas, the house itself wasn’t the dream. Without adding on at least 1 room, it wouldn’t work for our family so we had to pass on it.
That night we went to bed with visions of gardens dancing in our heads. I couldn’t let it go. I started thinking about a container garden but some quick pricing on large planters proved that for 1 year (next year we hope to have our own yard so that we can plant in the actual ground) it was too much of an investment. It would be cheaper just to make our weekly trips to the farmers market. Then I had ‘another one of my brilliant ideas’ (80′s sitcom reference – anyone?) for a rather inexpensive (but not pretty) way to do a container garden. Today we bought seeds and planted them. We’ll move them outside when they are ready. The ultimate hope is that this year we learn a little something about gardening while reaping a few veggies for our efforts so that we can have a nice garden next year. We also hope that involved Sabrina in the process will get her excited about vegetables and she might actually allow a few to pass through her lips without an argument.
Aside from my herbs, we are trying tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, green onions, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and 2 kinds of lettuce. I know nothing about gardening except I hated it when my dad used to make up get up really early on the weekends to work in the garden – especially we didn’t want to eat most of what he was growing.