Good grief, when I planted up my seeds a few months back, I may have been a bit overzealous (as I am with most things on a daily basis). What in the world was I planning on doing with all this cabbage and kohlrabi? When you love growing things and there really isn’t a vegetable you DON’T like, it’s so easy to get carried away. I start every season wanting to plant everything and when you start busting into those seed packets, (and everything is small and it doesn’t really cost anything and it never really ‘looks’ like you’ve planted much) you just keep going and going. I don’t really go by any sort of ‘count’, I just start a few these, of few of those. When you get to transferring things into the ground and accommodating for their growth and that..well let’s just say that’s when I start counting. Things still looked ‘minimal’ in the cold frame, but as I got to planting, I realized I was running out of room quick and had to expand outside my normal planting areas. I certainly couldn’t let the ‘extras’ that I planted go to waste so it’s either give them away or plant them somewhere. In the past I would’ve tried to map out another ‘area’ where I could add a raised bed to accommodate the extras but I’ve changed my ways over the years and have a less ‘confined’, less restricted approach to it all. It has really freed up how and where I garden because I just pick new spots to try in the yard, double dig my holes and start planting.
At the same time, it kind of feels like I’m breaking some sort of unwritten landscaping rule when I start sticking cabbages randomly by the studio, zucchini around the rain garden, and this year tomatoes smack dab in the middle of the yard. Who says everything has to be in a designated garden space? Isn’t it better to get as much growing as you can handle on whatever bit of land you have available? Why do we make such a big deal about having to have official ‘garden’ areas and then feel confined to them? Pick a spot in the yard that gets some good sun, break ground and plant it. I’ve got vegetables mixed in with my perennials, herbs line the walkways. The pumpkins out by the front door will be a beautiful pop of color in the fall. This year, it was the tomatoes that sent me scrambling for new space . They’re my favorite and I wanted to try some new varieties, so I somehow have ended up with 44 beautiful plants stretched from one end of the yard to the other. It’s okay though, I’d rather take care of tomato plants/edibles over grass any day! Not to mention all the wonderful produce I’ll have to share with everyone in a couple months…..hopefully! ::) The fun will really kick in around harvest time when I have to make good use out of it all…I will be one busy gal!
(…….and a very loud, proud shout of thanks to my mom for always helping us get things planted up each year….Love you!)
Cheers to getting carried away…anyone else overzealous in their gardening efforts?