Sunday, April 1, 2007
...Thyme began in a garden...
I am a total gardening novice. I don't know much, but I do know I am ready to learn! I love having fresh herbs on hand in the summer for cooking and they always look so friendly in their pots. My daughter Katie and I spent yesterday setting up an outdoor gardening table and planting some herbs in pots...Provence Lavender, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, and Peppermint. We had so much fun digging our fingers into some Organic Valley top soil and using Bonnie Plants which came in nifty eco-friendly peat pots instead of plastic ones that would be thrown away. We also took some time to plant Nasturtium seeds around one of our trees and in a border near the house. These are a great kid-friendly choice because they require dry ground, minimal care, are edible and pretty too. I am also going to support local nurseries and pick up some annuals to put in pots for the front porch, around the mailbox, and in my old red wheelbarrow.
Mike and I are also very interested in learning to do square foot gardening. Our ground is red clay and I think it would be easier for us to begin learning to garden above ground. This summer we are going to try a salsa garden and plant Roma tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro. I also love the concept of container gardening. You don't have to have a big yard (or any yard!) to begin...just some pots, soil, seeds and some imagination. If you are an apartment dweller, you can still have fresh herbs in pots and pretty little flowers in a variety of creative containers.
Gardening is such a wonderful thing to do with your children. To be out in the fresh air learning about the Lord's bounty, provision, goodness, and design....to learn patience, perseverance, and the joy of a harvest. Katie and I love flowers and we want to plant many different kinds so that we can grace our dining table with beauty every meal and add color and life to our bedrooms.
The key to keeping anything fresh and fun is to keep it simple. Gardening can seem very overwhelming to those of us who haven't done much of it. Just buy a bag of organic soil at a local nursery or home improvement store, pick up some terracotta pots, and some annual flowers or herbs that have already sprouted and DIG IN!