Every year around this time I start to see articles about planting and planning your garden. Gardening is trendy, especially in this green living, sustainable, eco-friendly culture. I am all for it! But I just don’t like it. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to have a successful veggie and flower garden. Even though I have a huge backyard, I won’t plant a garden this year. Here’s why:
First, I would have to plan the garden. What plants, vegetables or flowers work best in my climate? What side of my yard will be best for them to flourish? Do I have a sprinkler or will I have to hand-water? What about pets, birds or small animals? Will the plants be safe from them?
Then, I would have to buy the materials to plant and grow every item. Soil, hoes, wheelbarrows, fertilizer, seeds, markers and gardening accessories are just the start. I could easily spend $250+ at Home Depot or a local garden center on supplies for the garden.
Then, I have to maintain the plants. I have to water once or twice a day. Also, I’ll need to weed and prune and make sure the plants are thriving.
While the outcome is great, if you’re not a green thumb, it’s just not worth it. I love getting fresh veggies from my friends and family who are great gardeners. However, I’m not sure a lush vegetable and flower garden is on my to do list this summer. I will settle for spending my weekends at the farmer’s market getting fresh local veggies from there instead, and watering my one hanging flower pot every other day!