Saturday, May 10, 2008

Apartment Gardening

I love spring, and I love gardening. Though I don't consider myself to have a green thumb, I like to pretend I do. Getting out in the dirt and sunshine feels so good, and I love waiting and watching things grow. Yardwork is definately one of my favorite chores.

When we were renting a house in Logan, we gave the front yard a major overhall (with permission from our landlords, of course). We got rid of some huge juniper trees that were overtaking the front of the house, and put in bushes and flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but it was fun, and it was gratifying.
Cutting down the trees (most of them were already gone when this was taken)

Building the flower beds

The finished product

When we lived with my sister-in-law, I helped her do some weeding in the spring, and also planted tulip bulbs last fall, which are now blooming.

Since we now live in an apartment, we have no yard for flower beds or a vegetable garden, so I improvised. I bought two planter boxes to put out on our balcony. I planted carrots, petunias, cilantro, and tomatoes. Sadly, the tomato plant froze, but I now have one inside, along with some parsley. Now that the weather has been warmer, I can really see my garden growing. The carrots sprouted last week, and the cilantro seems to get bigger every day. The petunias are growing, too. I can't wait to see them bloom!
Petunias and carrot sprouts


Parsley sprouts and cherry tomato plant

When we have our own home and a piece of land, I hope to have a large vegetable and herb garden, and definately some flower beds. Fruit trees would be nice too. But for now, I'm grateful for my little container garden.


Jamie said...

Way to go gardening in small spaces. I love having fresh herbs. I'm sad to have to leave my little gardens here. I can't wait to start new ones.

Sunnie said...

I think you have the Jorgensen thumb for planting.

Laura said...

I don't have a green thumb but I love to garden! I think I convert more of our yard into garden every year. If you ever get a hankering for any more yard work, feel free to come out Colorado. I've got plenty!

Sabrina said...

How fun! I've really enjoyed gardening the last couple years. I'll tell you one herb we discovered last year: basil. Yum! It is way expensive to buy fresh at the store, but so easy to grow. It is soooo good fresh with tomatoes, on pizza, made into pesto, etc. I can't get enough of it. I'll bet that the basil would work in a container garden, too!