Thursday, February 2, 2012

Garden Show and Tell: Gardening Plans and Dreams for 2012


I wrote that thrifting is in my blood. So is gardening. My mom's a plant lover that was raised gardening and I've always lived in a home full of potted plants and a backyard with plenty of flora and fauna to document and explore like the scientist I wanted to be. I love growing my own vegetables and I've helped local community gardens make websites and grow food.


For the past year I've maintained the small potted herb garden pictured above outside my apartment's kitchen door. I scaled back on growing food because the garden was the one thing that tipped the scale on my busy, precariously balanced life. I just couldn't fit it in. But I've never stopped dreaming.

In my dreams I own one of the quirky vintage homes I see while biking around my quaint historic neighborhood. In the backyard I have a huge vegetable and herb garden. I grow all of my favorites like basil, mint, tomato, parsley, and much more. There are fruit trees bearing starfruits, avocados, lemons, and oranges.


One day I'll own the little house and garden of my dreams, until then, I'll have fun in community gardens and growing vegetables and herbs from pots. This year I plan to grow some more herbs and a select few of my favorite vegetables.

This post was inspired by Gayla's (of You Grow Girl) Garden Show & Tell Book Giveaway!

Show and Tell: What are your garden plans for 2012? Tell me your plans and show me your gardens in the comments.
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29 comments:

  1. Oh, just about anything I can plant that's edible honestly. I have a yard for the first time ever....

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  2. Those are some beautiful historic homes! I can't wait until I get my first yard and have a garden. For now, I live in a tiny apartment, so maybe I'll check out a nearby community garden to start honing my green thumb.

    Your garden with dinosaurs is cute! :)

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    1. Thank you! I always get so jealous biking around here, the homes are so pretty!

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  3. Good job knowing your limits Van! And successfully keeping your wards alive for over a year. I have big plans for my Ugly Garden. Huge ones.

    http://dogsordollars.com/2011/11/17/urban-homestead-dreams/

    Including Chickens. Eeek! or rather Ba-gawk!

    Whether or not I am over my head (or it just feels that way) remains to be seen.

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    1. Sounds like fun, busy times are ahead of you!

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  4. The middle houses all happen to be my favorite. So cute. Our garden is growing by leaps and bounds. From our three raised beds and herb garden last year (producing all our own vegetables for the spring and summer) to this year where we should grow enough for the rest of the year. Our garden is awkward and not acreage but we are making the most of every inch. You can see photos on my blog and photos of my girls (chickens) too.

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    1. Oh, I love your garden! And the chickens. Your living the dream!

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  5. I toooootally take pictures of houses I love when I'm out and about. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    We'll probably do pumpkins, sunflowers and marigolds again. Mostly we're working on finishing the pergola.

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    1. I'd put more toys in my pots these days but people keep stealing them. Grr!

      I can't wait to get back in the dirt and growing again soon...

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  7. i'm one of those rare people who hates gardening. i always wish i had someone living next to me who LOVED it and wanted to take over my huge garden. sigh. i do love my herb garden (because herbs are basically weeds you can eat) and i try and grow a few tomatoes each year but mostly, i want to hire a gardener and just enjoy that person's work!

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    1. There's always the farmer's market and CSAs. Herbs can be the most rewarding plants, less it requires less effort and they grow prolifically and taste delicious!

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  8. I totally want to do some gardening this year! I'm not sure if it'll work out considering I am on the 9th floor of a highrise & have very limited space, but maybe might have a small cucumber patch at least.

    I bought a really cheesy magazine from the '70s this week called CO-ED & one of the reasons I bought it was the write up on gardening. It was actually an entertaining read for a buck!

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    1. I would love to read that magazine! Remember, you can garden -anywhere- that's why I love container gardening. Perfect for an urbanite and high rise living.

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    2. I'm gonna post some scans of some of the stuff on my blog. Just gotta find out where the boyfriend put the chords. I'll let you know when I post some.

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  9. Your garden is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I have a potted garden too and you have given me some great ideas. I had to relocate and leave my garden behind. I hope to have another one day.

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    1. That's the fun thing about container gardens- portable, easy to start it over. If it's a small one...

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  10. I have big plans for my garden as well as in-door plants this year (photos to come). Your neighborhood is charming!

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    1. It really is! I love it here. When I move I want to fill my vintage planter collection with succulents.

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  11. Oh, I love the dinosaur pots! I have huge gardening plans this year too. I am going to a Meetup next week to learn a new seed sowing technique (I wanted to meet some like minds in the city). I also have big plans for my rural property, although it's tricky since I spend 4-5 days away during the week.

    I love the houses you photographed. My first house is a yellow version of the bright blue one. It is currently a rental, but the tenants have requested more edible landscaping (I put in a lot while living there for 8 years).

    Good luck!

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    1. Try not to get too ambitious with your limited time frame! It's tricky to maintain a big garden when you work full time.

      Good luck to you, too!

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  12. How can I grow my own dinosaurs? Do I need seeds, cuttings or roots? Can you send me some? LOL

    I too dream about growing my own food but for the time being I'm living in a condominium, I can't plant anywhere but in my balcony and I can barely fit a couple of pots in there. I wish you luck and success with your dreams!

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    1. Teehee! :) If you can fit a tomato in one pot and basil in another that's a decent garden!

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  13. Amazing how simple it can be to communicate with people and have them understand a certain topic, you made my day.

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  14. ahhhhhhh!! you. are. awesome. I'm pretty sure if we lived near each other we could be BFF! totally digging the dinosaurs in the garden, the cool houses and yeah I want to garden too. I'm going to try a potted garden like yours. fun stuff!! xoxo B

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