2013 was not a good year for my garden and yard. One of the reasons we bought our house was because it had a beautiful backyard, but ever since the kids came along it’s been sadly neglected. As my girls get older and spend more of their time outside, I want to have a nice well-tended backyard for them to play in. With an almost four year old and a toddler running amok, it seems impossible to find the time. We hired somebody to mow the lawn regularly, but the fruit trees and rosebushes need to be tended and pruned, everything needs to be fertilized, and moss is slowly taking over the lawn.
This year I’d like to budget for some ongoing lawn care, plant some flowers, and get to really enjoy our backyard. I have a sad little greenhouse in the yard that stands empty and forlorn. When we first moved in I had visions of starting a vegetable garden and eating at least part of the time from our own land. I know that’s not going to happen soon, but I think a manageable goal this year is to grow a herb garden. I’ve talked about it for years and never gotten around to it, but with all the cooking I’ve been doing over the last year and my growing skill with herbs and spices, I feel ready to try growing my own.
I use a lot of fresh basil, rosemary, and cilantro in my cooking so I want to start with at least those herbs. Thyme and oregano would be nice, and maybe some jalapenos. I love fresh jalapenos.
I think I could make caring for a modest herb garden part of my routine with the kids, and it would be a great natural lesson for them in how plants grow. I’d love to grow some lavender too. I have this idea about making beautiful lavender sachets and gifting them to everyone I know. Well, maybe. I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but at least I’m getting motivated again.
What about you? Do you grow your own herbs or vegetables? I’d love any advice you have to share with me.