So this weekend we finally got to spend some time outside enjoying what seems to be an early summer. I realized that this is the first time since 2002 that I haven’t had to spend May moving (out of dorm rooms, into new apartments…etc.) You get into this not so fun cycle of leases ending and beginning and having to move from one place to another. It’s really comforting to know that we don’t have to move – we can plant roots (literally!) and hang some pictures on the walls because we are staying put.
All this early summer weather and an overarching sense of free time has led me to daydream most of the workday away thinking about gardens! At one point this spring I thought that I might want to buy into a CSA – a weeks supply of fresh veggies sounds so great – but for $500 I figure I can plant my own, and what doesn’t survive my non-green thumb I can buy at our local Farmer’s Market here at work. That’s one thing I love about working at the University – we have a weekly Farmer’s Market right across the street.
So while Andy relaxed in the hammock and Ellie chased birds out of the yard on Saturday, I got started with our little Victory Garden! Now I know that some of these seeds can go directly into the ground, but I wanted to be able to watch the seeds grow, kind of like you did in 1st grade in the Dixie cups! So I got this little starter kit at the Hardware Store and am starting the seeds indoors!
So far I’ve decided I really want to have a variety of fresh herbs, so parsley, basil, cilantro, rosemary and oregano seemed like a great start! I’ve tried growing rosemary before because I love the way it looks in a rustic pot – but I couldn’t get it to stay alive. Must be a little more delicate than a geranium. But this time, I promise I will try my best to keep them alive!
I also planted some lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, pansies, and Bells of Ireland – and guess what!? The cucumbers are ALREADY sprouting!