Lauren J. Gilbert
Simple Spring Gardening
This time last year we were all home finding ways to pass the time. I decided to take up gardening with my daughter. Let me start with the fact that I couldn't even keep a succulent alive at the time, but here I am now the crazy plant lady. Herbs have been my favorite and most simple to maintain that I think everyone should have available, Rosemary and Thyme for example last all year long and can incorporate in almost every dish. If feeling ambitious step it up with easy no brainer vegetables that basically grow themselves like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers... as long as you have the right set up for success it will be like riding a wave.
First assess the best sunny spot around your house and away from pets. If renting stick with potted plants or a planter box with bottom. Most important and the base to all success is soil. You can buy soil from the store and feed it to your current soil to help loosen it up. (Here in San Diego our soil can be very clay like, not good for roots.) My toddler also loves to find worms on our walks to add to our garden, yummy free fertilizer!
Now for the planting I suggest buying young plants from your local garden store as a beginner, up to you, seeds are great too! Last but not least, WATER. This is the trickiest part. Depending the season, your zip code and your schedule will all factor in. Best advice I could give is stay consistent every morning watering and if you don't trust yourself with this crucial step set up an irrigation system.
I promise it's all worth the process, your mind, body and soul will thank you later.