I didn’t attempt to winterize anything I grew last year. Didn’t bring any plants inside, didn’t try to protect them from the freezing cold wind.. in short, I was neglectful and let everything die. I feel a little bit bad about about this. It’s not nice to watch from your cozy apartment window as your helpless basil shrivels up and your once prolific parsley turns yellow and freezes to death. It’s also a little bit pointless to have a blog about urban gardening and not actually have a garden. Shame on me! The only good thing to come out of my irresponsible plant-parenting is that now I have the opportunity to start fresh.
One of my goals for the new year is to design and execute a manageable mini vegetable garden. I say manageable because I’m a new gardener and I don’t want to get in over my head by taking on more than I can handle. The other challenge is that I live in an apartment with a very small patio and no real yard. I’ll have to get creative with the use of space and everything I grow will probably have to be in containers. I found a few great resources to help me get started:
1. There are so many sites out there that will help you come up with a planting time line. Sproutrobot.com is one that I really like! All you have to do is enter your zip code and sprout robot tells you what you should be planting and when. The Vegetable Garden has a similar page that tells you what zone you live in and how to plant accordingly. In my area, gardeners should start cabbage and leeks indoors this month.
3. Blogs supply me with endless urban design and gardening inspiration! I’ve recently started following garden betty, urban gardens, the dirt, and raised urban gardens. I’m always looking for inspiration, so if anyone has any recommendations for blogs I should check out, let me know!
My biggest challenge will probably come with the planning aspect of things, but I am determined! What are your gardening challenges/goals for the new year?