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Gardening, First Steps

Unemployment, or unEMMAployment as I call it, has given me a lot of free time.  Free time apparently leads to me trying out hobbies.  Since I’ve graduated I’ve done crocheting, puppy rearing, and nail stamping.  Not very well, mind you, but I’ve never let that stop me.

My new thing/idea/time-waster is gardening.  I’ve kinda always wanted to have a vegetable garden.  My yard is definitely big enough to handle it, but I never knew how to make it happen.  Either I was away, or remembered about it too late to plant anything.  Well this year, I have nothing better to do; so I think I may dabble in the art of plant growing.

Earlier in the week, I went to the only gardening center I know of and asked a lady there a series of weird and amateur questions.  However, she was kind and helped me out.  By talking to her, I learned that managing a vegetable garden isn’t as magically difficult as I thought.  You kinda just stick seeds in the dirt mid-to-late May.

Based on the things they sell at Home Depot and Lowe’s I believed gardening to be this thing that basically only botanists or wizards knew how to do.  I mean, there are so many verbs: sowing, thinning, spacing, germination.  So many soils, fertilizers, pH measurement thingies.   And don’t even get me started on the little shovels.  Why so many little shovels?!  Gardening seemed like a serious undertaking.  Like something that would require new clothes and new friends and a new taste in music.

Anyway.  Back to the lady at the gardening center.  She told me which vegetables grow well in Alaska, and which don’t.  I left the store with six little packets of seeds and a hope that my garden would produce something.

Radish, Champion
Carrot, Danvers Half Long
Carrot, Rainbow Blend
Parsley, Dark Green
Cauliflower, Early Snowball
Pea, Sugar Snap

It’s a bit too early to plant anything just yet, but I’m excited at the prospect of having a garden.  I like growing things, but don’t really have a green thumb.  All of my house plants have committed plant suicide, but I hope to have more luck with outdoor plants. 🙂