Fast forward 6-8 months, we weren't seeing other people and, while he was more "Hubba hubba, let's do this thing!", I was more "You seem like a nice chap, let's be friends". And then he kissed me. In the immortal words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, "BAZINGA!" That was 1999.
In 2003, we got married and in June, 2004, we bought our home.
Quick back story: I grew up in a more urban area (Spouse refers to it as The Ghetto <le sigh>) and he grew up in the suburbs (I refer to where he grew up as Suburban Hell). Needless to say, when it came time to find a homestead to call our own, there were negotiations involved.
The area we chose was closer to his work place but still only a 15-20 minute drive to campus and about that same distance to the areas of our city that I frequent. It is not a starter home but large enough that when his brothers (and their families) come to town we have sleeping accommodations for all, and for entertaining purposes, max capacity is 40 inside.
Some might think of my next statement about our Chez is a negative but it's really fine by us: we don't have a ton of yard space. The front yard is nicely sized but the back is wider than it is deep and with a grade of about 3 feet in the middle, so odd.
We like it because it's not as much maintenance but it does create a few issues, like gardening. We just don't really have a good space for an in-ground, flat garden.
And thus, my patio container garden was born. I've done it before but, well, in a half-a$$ed fashion. This year, I was determined to get some good plants, and good results out of it and I've been rewarded already.
The school I went to for middle and high schools holds a fundraising plant sale each year so I bought:
- Beefsteak tomato plant
- Jalapeno plant
- Two lead lettuce mix plants
- Shallot plant
- Dill, cilantro, basil, oregano, thyme, and spearmint plants
Much to Spouse's dismay, I went to our local home improvement store's garden area and picked up:
- Roma tomato plant
- Red pepper plant
- Sweet mint plant
- Pickling cucumber plant
I've already harvested a nice bowl full of lettuce and a decent wad of all the herbs. Still growing are:
- about 8 shallots
- 3 beefsteak tomatoes
- 3-4 Roma tomatoes
- 3 jalapenos
- 1 red pepper
Something to keep in mind, is we as of Thursday, broke a 19 day streak of days featuring at least a bit of rain. A few of those days were downright stormy all <freaking> day. At this point, some of my little plants are looking a wee water-logged. Poor dears. Hope we have a few days to dry out.
|Aren't these the cutest little jalapenos in the world?!?|
Since the lettuce plants are leaf lettuce, I'll see what they do next. I may or may not have done my research before I harvested so I may or may not get more lettuce. Heh heh heh. Derp.
I'm super pumped!!! I think I'm going to do more next year. We go through a lot of garlic, so it might behoove me to try that. Might even have to claim some landscape room....we'll see. Spouse may flip out on that one. But there is only so much room on the deck and we do entertain, so........
But what am I try to accomplish with this post? That you don't have to have a ton of acreage, especially if you are new to gardening or just have modest plans, like me. So long as you have room for some pots and space to pot, re-pot, etc., it's possible! Even if you get a modest harvest, the investment is worth it. AND you get to play in the dirt.
I'll keep y'all posted on what the remaining warm months bring to me & Spouse!
Smell ya later, peeps.