New Beginnings for a New Gardener

| 1/23/2015 2:19:00 PM

Tags: Novice Gardener, Small Gardens For Beginners, Quiet And Simple Life, Garden Pleasures, Southern Suburban Garden, Amy,

AmyHope and joy fill my heart as I ponder what is in store for the New Year.

As a wife and mother, there are so many hopes and dreams that I pray for my family as we begin this new year, things like happiness, good health, success and safety, just to name a few.

And as a novice gardener I’m excited about all the things I want to accomplish outside. There’s the raised garden bed I want to build and fill with my family’s favorite veggies, like carrots, green beans and kale. I also want to try my hand at sweet potatoes and growing them from slips I start here in the kitchen.

Then there’s the potting bench I want to build out of an old double-seated swing that used to grace the front porch of our first home.

Thorn-less blackberries and raspberries will be added to the garden in hopes that our family will be enjoying them atop a big bowl of homemade ice cream after a day spent in the sweltering Oklahoma heat.

Now I realize it may be a bit nostalgic to think that I can grow veggies and a few fruits for my family to enjoy just as my grandparents did for us grandkids. And the nostalgia I feel when I remember running up and down the rows in my grandparents' garden chasing “horny toads” and breaking out in a rash because I’d eaten myself sick by plucking cucumbers and tomatoes right off the vine, well ... frankly I want that for my children, too!

1/25/2015 8:18:17 AM

Amy, welcome to the Capper's blogging community. You already have more gardening wisdom than you realize. Starting small and growing bigger is the best advice that can be followed to a beginning gardener. We all want the huge immaculate looking gardens that we see in the latest issues of our favorite garden magazines, don't we. I have to tell you that my gardens don't look anything like the magazine gardens. They have (gasp) weeds and some times they get out of control (big gasp). Gardening is all about successes and failures. I've had probably just as many failures as successes. As with any thing in life, it's all about never giving up. At the end of the year, I always have some disappointment because I feel I didn't accomplish as much as I would have liked. Then I look back over the posts from the year and realize just how much had been accomplished and how many successes there actually were. My advice is to keep a garden journal so you can do the same. ***** Have a great garden planning day.

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