(Note - I think I see gardening threads in CS more than, say, IMHO, but if this ought to be moved that’s fine by me.)
So, I bought a house, and in all the time between contract and closing I developed a little garden fetish. Currently my greatest plantlife feat is in keeping an African violet alive for a year in my office (although it has not bloomed), but I’ve got big dreams indeed. I’ve been looking into native plant gardening, spent a lot of time shopping around online for plants, read all about lasagna beds, etc. I even, and I’m so profoundly embrassed by this evidence of geekdome, started a blog on my learning how to garden (www.bulblet.com).
Anybody else teach themselves how to grow things? Anybody else be successful at it? I’d really like to hear some great success stories, because putting together the lasagna beds by my front walkway has been a lot more work than I really thought it was going to be - I have the left one half-constructed and that’s it. Those bags of peat that are so heavy and look so big at Lowe’s, they don’t cover squat! I have managed to be successful in my old-fashioned lawn mowing (with a reel mower, to my dad’s great hilarity) but I want plants! Lots of plants!
I was planning on doing those kinds of beds all around the front foundation at least this season so as to get some perennials in in the fall and really go to town next year, but now it looks like I’ll count myself lucky if I can get something planted by the walkway. I admit I’m feeling a little discouraged, particularly since I’m scared of planting things that just die and die and die. Or don’t bloom. Or get eaten.
Sometimes I’m really excited about it all, and sometimes it’s kind of overwhelming. I’m very consciously doing it in stages to avoid getting discouraged, but I think I’d really like somebody else to tell me “Yeah, I started not being able to keep a weed alive but you should see my prize rose garden now!”