Tonawanda News


May 21, 2012

Clueless and late to the garden party


Tonawanda News —

But this is where you, dear reader, come in. I’d written a column saying that I was going to give this a try. To me, that’s a promise. And I’d also promised my boys that we would do this ... and they never forget anything (except, of course, things I’d prefer they forget ... but that’s another column).

I walked out of that store and started doing the research I should have done months ago. 

I discovered that you can buy seedlings other people have started for you. Who knew? (Not me.) I have a few letters and emails from helpful readers. I discovered the Mother Earth News website (which has a wonderful “How When to Plant What” feature). Debbie Rife of the Garden at Knox offered some advice.

I told myself again, I can do this. It may not be exactly what I’d originally had in my mind’s eye ... but I can do this.

Now I have a date with the North Tonawanda Farmers Market for some tomato plants, and a basil plant with my name on it. I think it might be joined by some mint, because I absolutely love iced mint tea and it would give me a kick to use mint I’d grown myself. (Although maybe not ... now I’m reading that it tends to take over gardens.) I haven’t gotten over my desire for those seed packets, but now I have a better idea what can still be sown and what can’t. (I’m thinking maybe pumpkins. Homegrown pie filling would be awesome.)

The next installment of this column will hopefully relate the process of actually getting them all in the earth. (I keep reminding myself, “Dirt Won’t Hurt!”)

It’s definitely a learning experience. But then, I guess that’s the point.

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