I have never really seen the point of growing something you can’t eat. It’s not that I have anything against flowers or shrubs, it’s just that gardening is such hard and unenjoyable work that I at least want to have something edible as a reward at the end. If I’m going to put work into any type of garden, it has to be a vegetable garden.
The Vegetable Garden
Our backyard may be small, but we have still managed to set aside a small part for a vegetable garden. We have also managed to maximise our use of that space by installing a clever little vertical garden system.
This gives us more than enough room for our amateur attempts at vegetable and herb farming. Especially as our success rate is… dismal. If we had any more room, we would just end up having to replace more dead plants.
Speaking of which, it’s that time of year when I get excited and replace all of last year’s dead plants. To be honest, there weren’t even really dead plants left to replace, just soil where plants used to be.
I hear you. Surely spending money and effort on plants that quickly die is not a good use of resources. I agree, that’s why this time is different. This time I plan to look after the damned things for longer than two weeks.
The reason I think this time can be different is because I now have the added incentive of maintaining the whole backyard for Hannah’s enjoyment. It will no longer be a case of planting some herbs then forgetting they exist and going out three weeks later to find the whole thing dead. I will be out there every day, obsessing about the state of the lawn and wondering why my petunias won’t flower like an actual adult human-being (okay, I made that last bit up. I don’t know what a “petunia” is, nor do I care).
It is summer in Sydney which means it’s salad season! There’s nothing better at the end of a hot day than munching on a fresh side salad, especially when some of the produce comes straight from your own vegetable garden.
With that in mind, the plan was for vegetables and herbs that belong in a summer salad – three types of tomato, lettuce, chives and a bucket-load of basil. I also planted a few other things that often come in handy – parsley, oregano, thyme and marjoram (I don’t actually know what that is, but it was cheap).
Planting the new herbs and vegetables was dead-easy and in no time at all I had an amazing-looking, luscious vegetable garden. You can see just how great it turned out in the following photos! Make sure you click on the vertical garden photo at the end to see it in all its glory!
Check back in a few weeks to see if I have realised my dream of keeping plants alive long enough to eat some of them. I’m quietly confident that this time I will pull it off!