Wouldn't it be fun to just pop out to the backyard for a snack or a salad ingredient? It would feel good to know that our produce was pesticide-free and I think gardening is a good skill to have. Plus, I'd love to pass on a love of growing things to my daughters. And, of course, I will do just about anything to avoid extra trips to the grocery store.
That said, I feel at a loss about how to begin. I don't know what soil is required, what types of plants thrive in the desert, what "season" to begin planting, etc. The whole thing intimidates me. I think I need a Gardening Buddy/Mentor (maybe someone like Madeline).
In my dream world, I would move into a master-planned community with community gardens so I wouldn't have to embark on the gardening adventure all by myself. Maybe somewhere like Daybreak Utah (I keep hoping that the developers venture out here to beautiful Arizona because they really know how to build great communities...).
But, until then, I may have to be "brave" and start a garden of my own.
If/when I do, I may stop in at the Home Depot Garden Club website from time-to-time. The website offers a one-stop hub to "get valuable information about your region, gardening advice from pros, and updates on local gardening events." The website even allows you to "Ask An Expert" any gardening, landscaping, or lawn care-related question...and you'll get an answer within 24 hours! My favorite part of the site, however, is the Plant Care Guides section - where you can get info and advice about fruits, veggies, and herbs. Just search for what you're looking for - A (Apple) to Y (Yarrow).
YOUR TURN: Do you garden and, if so, what do you grow? If you don't currently garden, are you considering it?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Home Depot. To enter, check out to the Home Depot Garden Club website and tell me something about the site (ex. what you thought was useful, what other things you would like to see on the site, what DIY project you would most like to try, etc.). Be sure to leave your comment on this post prior to Tuesday, May 12 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
Image Credit (garden @ top left): via Backyard Botanical
*UPDATE* The winner is #308 Theresa Chambers. Congratulations!