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Jan 21, 2012

Garden ♥ Love

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Christmas is over, so it must be spring now, right? Right?

It's official. I have been bitten by the garden bug. Growing up we always had a garden. My Dad and Brother would test and till the soil; then Mom and I would spend hours tending our little plant babies. I distinctly remember an entire summer spent at the kitchen sink paring and canning pounds and pounds of squash, beans, and pickles. And of course talking and laughing.

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(I must admit, this idea greatly appeals to me.)

We all learned a lot that year, and in the many gardening years to follow. We learned that we cannot grow strawberries; and that green garden snakes look just like vines, but you still shouldn't step on them. When we eventually ran out of time and resources to maintain our extravagant garden, I was a little bit heart broken.

Now, every spring, without fail, I start daydreaming about seeds, soil, and fresh produce.

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I live in a beautiful apartment now, which means there's no backyard for a garden; but since I've been on a little apartment-love journey of my own, I am determined that not having a backyard will not stop me from having my own garden.

Our church is starting a garden where people can reserve plots, but I'm not sure that I'll be able to give my garden the love it deserves there; I think that a garden on my balcony would be easier to love on before and after work each day (so it wouldn't be adding too much to my busy schedule).

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Introducing... The Container Garden.

A container garden is just like it sounds. So today, spurred on by the gorgeous weather, I measured and mapped out my balcony, researched planting calendars, and looked at seeds. I think with a combination of pots and trellises, along with small/dwarf variety plants, it would be pretty, functional, and cost-effective, and not cluttered or tacky.

I still have to convince Josh that adding a garden is a good idea, but he seems to get some enjoyment out of my hair-brained schemes (and yes, I fully understand that this is a hair-brained scheme), so we'll see.