The Spring Garden
Updated: May 30, 2018
Waiting for the flowers to come up always makes me excited!
I have a tendency to plant a bunch of things indoors early in the year and living in our climate they either get all leggy and too long then shrivel and die when they get outside or I plant them too late and when everyone else has run out to the greenhouses and purchased their flowers and tomatoes... mine are making a poor showing. LOL!
Planting from seeds is long system of trial and error. We have to have patience with ourselves and with mother nature. Trust our intuition about when spring is going to arrive and when we should start planting, moving plants outside to harden off, and finally, when to plant in the ground.
It's OK to cheat!
I do not judge people who run out and buy plants from the greenhouses. Growing from seed is HARD work in our climate. Some of us are too busy or are just plain no good at it. And I would rather see more plants on peoples patios and at least have them try to grow something than see a barren concrete or wooden deck.
There is something about having alot of green things surrounding your personal space that invites you to slow down and relax.
In the heat of the city more plants also have the effect of cooling things down. So plant more I say!
I try to grow more edibles like herbs, tomatoes, peppers, peas, and melons. Any flowers I grow also tend to be edible as well - did you know that nasturtiums, lobelia and pansies are all edible flowers? Yum! I love throwing flowers in a salad! Vegetables go through a flowering phase before they fruit too and I find it a fun exercise to find plants that will grow in my yard and flower and fruit at different times at different levels - giving the illusion to the neighbours that it really is just a flower bed :). Those flowers I do plant that are not edible serve the purpose of attracting all the pollinators like our friends the bees. This gives me the feeling of contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle, but if you don't want to grow vegetables in your own front yard why not join a community or communal garden and help take care of and share in the bounty of a larger harvest. Who knows you might even learn something.