(Impatiently) Waiting for Spring

African Violet

I like winter but I'm really, really looking forward to spring because I can't wait to start my garden. This house was sold to us in April last year but we couldn't move in until July and by then it was already a bit too late to start a garden. But this year, I'm going to have a whole year to grow whatever I want! Yippee!

My plan was to turn the backyard into a vegetable garden, but I've changed my mind. You see, a couple of weeks ago, I very ambitiously bought seeds to grow 11 (!) different varieties of heirloom tomatoes off eBay. I thought filling the whole backyard with tomato plants sounded like a boatload of fun and a half. But then common sense kicked in and I realised that it would be way too much work, especially for a novice (not to mention lazy) gardener like myself. So I've decided to be less ambitious and just plant 3 or 4 varieties this year and see how it goes. I won't even plant them in the garden. I'll plant them in 5-gallon buckets instead because I read that it would make the plants easier to maintain. I will also put them on the deck so I don't procrastinate too much when it comes to watering because they need a lot of water to grow!

Now for the backyard, I think I'll just focus on making it look easier on the eye since the previous owner did pretty much nothing to the backyard. No flower beds, no plants, nothing but weed-infected grass. I'm going to put in some lovely flowering plants. In fact, I'm going to start growing them from seeds some time this week using the winter sowing method. I've never done it before so it's going to be an exciting experiment! Basically, you just plant the seeds in plastic pop bottles, put them outside the house and then forget all about it until spring. By then the seedlings should be ready for planting on the ground. I don't know if I'll be able to do the forgetting all about it until spring part due to my obsessive nature, but the rest sounds pretty easy. We'll see how it goes!

Another reason I'm really looking forward to spring: I can't wait to see our cherry tree blooming! Cherry blossoms are so pretty. That is assuming that it's still alive. Dormant trees make me wonder sometimes.

Oh, I know that 99.9% of my readership has no interest in gardening but just bear with me, mmmkay? ;)


  1. Jill
    February 24, 2009

    Are you kid­ding? I love gar­den­ing! I too like win­ter, but after men­tion­ing my gar­den in a post a few weeks ago, I’ve had the itch to get things going in there.
    I like to grow veg­eta­bles. Any flow­ers I have are most­ly peren­ni­als so I don’t have to buy new ones every year.
    Toma­toes are easy — just make sure you stake them before they get too big. The only oth­er piece of advice I have is to stay away from cher­ry toma­toes if you’re going to plant them in the ground.
    They are deli­cious and you get tons of them — and they also reseed very eas­i­ly. Two years ago I plant­ed some and last year I end­ed up pick­ing out hun­dreds of baby toma­to plants from all the toma­toes that had fal­l­en on the ground. I nev­er had that prob­lem with reg­u­lar sized toma­toes.
    Make sure you post lots of pic­tures :)

  2. tia
    February 24, 2009

    I’m aller­gic to out­door. I rarely pay my bal­cony vis­its unless it’s for smok­ing haha­ha

  3. rebecca
    February 25, 2009

    i like your gar­den­ing posts. some­times i feel the urge to grow things but have yet to fol­low through. know­ing you are doing so makes me hap­py!

  4. Harris Graber
    February 25, 2009

    Heir­loom toma­toes are ter­ri­fic. I have a friend who has some land and I keep telling her to grow some heir­loom toma­toes, but she’s nev­er had any so she doesn’t real­ize how won­der­ful they are.
    May­be I’ll just get her some seeds and let her plant them.
    Enjoy! Spring is just around the cor­ner.

  5. Kaley
    March 2, 2009

    I love gar­den­ing too! And can talk about it for hours. We have an allot­ment here in Leeds and grew all sorts last sum­mer — in spite of it being a very very bad grow­ing sea­son. The best thing was sweet corn. Toma­toes died cos it was too wet — I’m hop­ing this sum­mer will be bet­ter. The best thing for a gar­den that you have reg­u­lar access to (ours is 10 min­ute walk from our flat) — herbs. If yr grow­ing toma­toes, you’ve got to grow basil to go with! And mint (in a con­tain­er or it will col­o­nize every­thing) and cilantro and pars­ley… yum. Good luck! It’s such a great past­time.


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