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May 4th, 2010

Planting strawberries

One of the really strange things for me, living here in Toronto, is how all the plants are virtually the same as the ones I grew up with in the Chicago area. We have such similar climates, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But walking through my neighborhood with crab apples and lilacs and bridal wreaths everywhere reminds me so much of home that I sometimes have to stop and just remember what it was like to grow up in St. Charles.

It’s also fun for me, to suddenly be the one who knows something about local plants. See, I pretty much suck at gardening. Aside from a brief period when I lived in Sunnyvale, I’ve never had success with keeping potted plants alive for more than a few weeks at a time. Maybe I’m too distracted by everything else, or maybe I just have a brown thumb. Without doubt, Sandra is the gardener in our family.

Our new house has a really tiny backyard. LIke 13 feet wide and maybe 15 feet deep. Basically the size of a small room. When we moved in, it was half plants and half patio. Now, we’ve added about ten containers for growing veggies and flowers, some from seed, some from small plants.

Planting Strawberries

We’ve got strawberries, cilantro, two kinds of lettuce, a small pot of various herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, marigolds, poppies, alysseum, leeks, green onions, red onions and I forget what else. We also went a little nutso and bought a plum tree, two blueberry bushes, and some ground cover to help fill in the front yard where the plumbers destroyed the landscaping. And some containers for annuals for our front porch.

I haven’t ever tried this much GROWING before in my life, and I’m a little scared. I don’t know how we’ll it’ll all do, but I’m hoping to have some home-grown food by the fall.

the lettuce pot

Sandra has a green thumb... I hope

Are you into gardening? What are your favorite blogs or books or other resources to teach a wanna-be-plant-grower like me?