Long before I owned a home, I knew that I wanted a garden. As a vegetarian, fresh produce is part of almost every meal for me, and there is something ideal about walking outside and picking from a personal selection.
However, my experience with growing anything, even houseplants, was pretty limited until my husband and I purchased our first home a few years ago. Before we started opening boxes, I had already loaded the living room with house plants. I didn’t think of this at the time, but I was really taking baby steps towards a garden – one of the 2014 projects that I’d like to accomplish.
Most of those plants that I originally purchased back then are no longer with us. It took some time, and unfortunately several test subjects, but I can proudly say that I now have over a dozen plants in my home, and all are happy and healthy.
Last year, I took a few mores steps and planted several outdoor plants – shrubs, decorative grasses, hostas, etc. I also started a “mini garden” which consisted of potted herbs. For the most part those turned out pretty well, though I still haven’t mastered the art of cilantro.
2014 seems like the right time to take it up a notch and actually attempt a vegetable garden. Here is my personal brain-map for the project:
- Read! Browse blogs, look for a book and jot down general tips along the way. Perhaps start a garden journal.
- Decided on the structure/location. A raised garden, as opposed to planting directly in the ground sounds nice, but I need to weigh the pros and cons.
- Research & determine what to plant. What is easy and realistic? A few options that sound tasty: cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, collard greens, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, zucchini, and several different herbs.
- Create a planting & harvesting plan. I imagine that each seed has an optimal planting time. During the colder months, I should create a schedule for when each one will need planted. In addition, one thing that I learned from cilantro is that some plants need harvested daily. I should also create a plan and schedule for harvesting.
- Buy seeds. Seems pretty easy, though I might want to look into a few plants that sprouted already and let them grow from there.
- Research organic fertilizer and “pest” methods. I’m not interested in chemicals or anything that might harm furry friends, but I will need to research and consider how to keep them away.
- Plant! I imagine this will require several steps that I’ll have to map out post research. Soil preparation and tools are the first two that come to mind.
- Weed early, weed often.
- Harvest & EAT! That part, I can definitely handle.
For all of you green thumbs out there, what are your tips and suggestions?
This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: Plan / outline / mind-map a project you want to tackle in 2014.