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Field Day Friday – Introduction to my Gardening Philosophy

16 Sep

When Paul and I moved into our home 3 years ago, I told him I wanted to start a garden, now that we finally had our own yard. Though Paul thought I would quickly decide it was too much work, he dutifully built me two wonderful garden beds.

The first season I gardened, I carefully germinated the seeds, hardened them off to the outside weather and gently planted them in my garden beds. I watered them diligently and then found that they wilted and suffered at every turn! A hard rain would break fragile stems, a fungal infection would kill the plant rapidly . . . I was so disappointed!

After this experience, I adopted my laissez faire gardening philosophy. I buy good quality seeds (Gurneys is my current favorite) and stick them in the ground. I water them if it hasn’t rained in a few days and I fertilize at half the recommended does every week. So far, it seems to have worked well. Except for the fact that my husband and I left for three weeks last growing season to take a trans-atlantic cruise only to return to this mess:

So . . . apparently I need to add some “but still weed regularly” into my laissez faire style. 😛

Now that the fall planting season has rolled around for central Florida, Paul and I cleared out the garden beds. (This took 2 days of painstaking clearing.)

I used the amazing garden planner at http://gardenplanner.territorialseed.com/ to plan my garden for the fall. It is going to look like this:

Now, you may be wondering how gardening relates to the pregnancy planning purpose of this blog. It does, I swear! You see, I always felt like gardening was so . . . domestic. I think it would be nice to be able to take your child out to the garden to help pick some beans for dinner. Not only does it seem like a great bonding experience, but it also is a great way to help your child understand that food doesn’t just magically come from the grocery store. 🙂