Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman





Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gardening In Ignorance

About a year ago I decided I wanted to plant another garden. We'd had them when I was growing up and I had one for a short time after we bought our house, about 36 years ago, but I hadn't braved the dirt in a long time.
So we went to the nurseries and bought plants and seeds and started watering. The first season was pretty good. Especially the tomatoes. YUM. We became very creative with all the zucchini.

People kept telling me I couldn't do this or that in Arizona. I couldn't grow lettuce in the summer. I couldn't grow tomatoes. I couldn't . . .

I just remembered the gardens my mom, grandmother and Aunt Marie had while I was growing up. Neat rows of produce that graced the table each night. Of course, that was in Kansas and I was a kid so the garden was fun.

What I learned in those gardens has done me well here. I didn't know the word "can't." We replanted various things last fall but others kept going through the summer, fall and winter.  Lettuce, radishes, carrots, green onions, tomatoes, bell peppers.
We have them all.

Regardless of what people tell me. I plant whatever comes to mind. 

Sometimes knowledge holds us back.

Without that knowledge I've tried growing many things and
most have been successful.

Another example is lavender. Can't grow it in Arizona?
Mine seems to be doing okay. I'm experimenting with different types and some are doing better than others but I have lavender. Sniff. Sniff.
I even took the plunge and got myself gardening shoes. I'm amazed at how comfortable they are but I don't think I'll be wearing them to the local coffee shop.

 Then again . . .

16 comments:

  1. lavender flourishes in dry limestone soil. what ever we grow the deer eat unless it is fenced off.

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    1. Actually the lavender I'm growing is in a pot with miracle grow. The stuff in the ground isn't doing so well.

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  2. Yes, I thought lavendar was one that did well in Arizona--wish I lived near so I could come and steal a tomato or two!

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    1. You'd have a fight on your hands. I protect my tomatoes!l lol

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  3. I don't know. People keep telling me it can't be grown here in the desert at least. Oh well.

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  4. Wow! Nice garden! amy

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  5. I love those blue shoes and your refusal to take "can't" as a not possible. Your shoes might be blue but your thumb is green, Susanne

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    1. Thank you. They had green shoes like that but I like blue.

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  6. Lovely, Rita! Just planted myself an herb garden in two fat pots right outside my kitchen window. I won't even have to go outside to snip me a handful of freshness. Can't wait to harvest!

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    1. Most of my herbs are in pots on the front porch. I have put a few in the garden. Always experimenting.

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  7. Your garden looks good! I planted some zucchini this year thanks to inspiration from your amazing crop last year. :-)

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  8. My gardening is downsizing - I am doing my herbs on the deck in pots (except for the perennials, tarragon & sage) I will do the annual tomatoes, cilantro and basil in one raised bed - the rest? Flowers only - and it is flower season now! YIPPEE!

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    1. I stick an occasional flower in but mostly things we can eat. I should start experimenting with edible flowers.

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