Po-ta-Hoe if You Will

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Did I ever talk about the little garden area in my backyard? I just went and looked and apparently I did not, oops. So, I have a little garden area in my backyard that I used for growing herbs and peppers last year. The rosemary and sage lived, and the bay leaf is well, still standing. Otherwise everything else froze over the winter.

Clearing out all of the pine needles and ripping up all the dead plants really reminded me how much I love gardening. And I planted them at the perfect time because now it’s raining, so I don’t have to water them myself. I don’t plan on growing a lot this year just in case I buy a house and leave: I don’t want to invest money into food I won’t get to eat.

Pardon the pine needles

I know they’ve only been in the ground for a couple of days, but I don’t see any sprouts yet and it’s making me sad. I blame games like Harvest Moon for my love of farming. I’ve grown different things over the years, and some stuff grows really easy. Potatoes, lettuce and flowers are some of the easier ones I’ve grown. Although me lettuce grew straight up and was like four feet high but whatever. Herbs I find are just harder to grow. Sometimes they thrive, other times, I can look at them for too long and they die. I don’t get it totally yet, but I am still trying and always researching to see what grows nice in my part of the world.

It’s been a week and a bit now, and I’m so sad. They haven’t sprouted yet. Which honestly makes sense, but I’m an eager beaver. I’ve also now planted a lavender plant, so hopefully that thrives. When I started gardening years ago, I made my own fertilizer. Dried banana peels, non-bleached eggs shells and if I ever had any, some coffee grounds are literally all it is.

I finally found a picture of everything I planted last year! I was definitely over ambitious considering the amount of space and my knowledge on plants as a whole. And honestly I don’t think that was the final picture of everything planted. That year it was filled with everything from peppers and lettuce, to sage and catnip. Some plants had to be put into pots due to their whole “growing like a weed” thing that they did.

It just came up in my Facebook Memories

My dad got more and more into his garden as the years went by, which helps me a lot when I forget to water or maintain anything growing. Because of his hobby, I’ve decided to grow as a person, I’m so sorry but I really thought that was funny, and really invest into my attempt. Plants don’t usually grow overnight, so I’ll have to update everyone when harvest season comes around.

Which means that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks as always! Have an awesome day!
— Deryn

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