The Garden

When I began to garden I never knew I would fall in love with it as much as I did. The first garden I had was a disaster. I was going to grow everything I saw at the seed display. I had Colton till up a spot in the yard and I started sowing seeds like a crazy lady.  I think I planted seven zucchini plants, five squash plants and probably a dozen tomatoes plant. WHAT WAS I THINKING? After a few hail storms, a family of  deer and gophers thinking they had a buffet, forgetting to water and having a heard a cows come through the yard, my dreams of being a master gardener were completely crushed. There was always next year right?

Thats the wonderful thing about gardening, the learning just never stops and there is always next year. Trials, errors and even successes create a drive in me to continue gardening. The rewards of planting a few seeds and being able to watch them grow, produce and then harvest them for a delicious meal is so fulfilling. I love fresh produce, especially for living in a rural area. I don’t have to worry during the spring, summer and fall months about purchasing produce at the market or grocery store. This past growing season, I rarely bought produce and didn’t know how much money I was going to save by not having to purchase fresh veggies. Over the years, I have had better success with planting and being able to get a harvest. 

I live in a Zone 4 area. That means that my temperature get down to negative thirty during the winter months. I have a pretty short growing season, averaging from about the middle of May to the first of October. Sometimes it is a bit challenging to keep the garden going when theres hail storms, continuous thirty mile per hour winds, and pretty hot temperatures. 

This past year Colton and I built ten, three by six, raised beds.  Having raised beds has been so   convenient and really upped my gardening game. When building the beds, we added hardware clothed the bottoms so gophers and moles could get ahold of any root crops. We also attached plastic to the inside of the beds so water wouldn’t rot out the wood as fast. Since I raise ducks, I fenced around each bed knowing that ducks would snack on anything green. Along with having raised beds, we also have an in ground garden.

We grow a variety of vegetables, herbs and some fruits that includes:

Tomatoes, Peppers, Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Swish Chard, Lettuces, Peas, Beans, Beets, Onions, Garlic, Corn, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Pumpkins, Squashes, Cauliflower, Watermelon, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Rosemary, Mints, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender, Tarragon, Chives, Parsley 

In the winter months, October through April, I struggle very much so with cabin fever. Sometimes I don’t know if I’ going to make it to spring. Luckily there are HOUSEPLANTS, and I am so darn thankful for them. Being able to get my hands in some soil, enjoy blooms and foliage just does my soul a lot of good. I am fortunate enough to have a plant room. Although this made me into a complete plant hoarder! 

My houseplant collection include:

Succulents, Cacti, Sanseveria, Pothos, Pepperomias, African Violets, Ferns, Rubber Plants, Dracenas, Norfolk Pines, ZZ Plants, Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

A few years ago, we had built at the time what was going to be a mudroom off the front of the house. Considering we are ranchers we needed a dumping zone of some sort for coveralls and muck boots. I was never in love with the idea so the space stayed empty for awhile. When I stated to collecting houseplants, space was becoming an issue in the house. We decided to make the empty area into a plant room. It is just perfect, southern expose, heated, and a new hangout spot. Colton built me beautiful shelves to show off my collection and the plants are loving it too. Houseplants are so great to add to the home, most of them needing only low light and being excellent air purifiers.