I have a garden, y’all!! Now, despite the history of my family – my Papa and Daddy were/are avid farmers and lovers of tractors – I am in no way a grower of things. I plan to change that, though. I’ve tried my hand at not killing plants before, but I hope to approach this with a more positive outlook from the start this time. I want to help these babies grow, and most importantly, I want to eat them. I can’t do that if they wilt away and die. Therefore, I am sharing the journey with you all!
Just look at my Papa! These men (Papa and Daddy) love their tractors. My first “automatic driving lesson” was on a tractor, probably long before I should have been driving, but that’s what you do deep down in the country. Lord knows I can pick, shell and cook peas like nobody’s business, and I thoroughly enjoy doing all of that. Now, its time to enjoy the growing process.
I’m starting small since I only have a balcony to place my plants on. Here’s what I’m using.
– plastic stand with 2 shelves that is approximately 2.5′ long by 1.5′ high ($5.50 from Goodwill)
– tea cups and saucers ($0.29 each from Goodwill)
– mini decorative vase ($3 from Goodwill)
– mini braided/woven blue rug ($1 from Dollar Tree)
– lacey burlap runner ($5 from a craft store or Walmart)
– the green pitcher is part of a set I purchased at an estate sale several years ago. I have the large and small cups to match it, so it is just temporarily serving as a vase
I used Puracy, a natural plant-based cleaner that I purchased for less than $5 at Marshall’s, to clean the stand that I purchased. I also used it to clean the pots and cups after removing the sticky tags from them with Goo Gone.
– 3 succulents
– 2 basil plants (Sweet Basil Genovese – Blue Label Herbs)
– 1 rosemary plant (Rosemary Foxtail – Blue Label Herbs)
– 1 mint plant (Mint Candy – Blue Label Herbs)
– 1 tomato plant (Juliet Tomato – Harry’s Select Culinary Collection)
I also purchased a bouquet of carnations from Walmart. I highly doubt they are sustainably sourced, but I’m only human, and they were gorgeous.
The succulents have been named (in order) Ricky Ricardo, Lil’ Ricky & Lucy. It is so fitting 🙂
I originally thought I would have a pallet garden, but that requires a lot of plants to make it look right, so my little Goodwill shelf was the perfect fit and find to get my garden started. The pallet now serves as a shade from the direct extreme sunlight – the succulents don’t need it, and the herbs and tomato will wilt if they receive too much of it.
I have more plans for these babies, so stay tuned as I share our progress – them growing and flourishing, and me discovering the green thumb that I feel must inherently be somewhere in my soul according to my family’s rich farming history.
until next time, dolls & dudes! xoxo