Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Gardening Post From Someone Who Does Not Garden

I've never been terribly good with plants. I suppose that's a bit of an understatement. I've killed cactus. Though I have been trying really hard this last year, and I think I've finally figured it out. Turns out plants need water and sun.

So far the windowsill garden is going really well. After getting the drainage figured out, the cilantro and dill have really started growing like weeds. I love checking on my plants everyday when I get home. I'm so pleased with the success I think I will have to fill another windowsill and possibly some larger containers outside.

I've been absolutely loving the mild weather we've had so far this year, and just want to spend as much time as I can outside. To be honest, my husband and I haven't done much with the yard since we moved in. We mow the lawn and enjoy the rose bushes that were already planted. We've added a few perennials and some small lilac bushes, but neither of us have much experience with gardening. I'm not sure how that happened because we both have relatives that are pretty much experts. Go figure.

Anyhow, I'm really excited about this book that I found at 2nd Look Books
 (One of my favorite book stores in Spokane)

1951 First Edition Better Homes and Gardens Garden book. Very practical and simple advice for everything garden. I'm sure I could find most of this information online, but sometimes reading print helps things to stay in my mind much better. Plus the illustrations and photos are so much fun!

This book has sections on lawn care, lot planning, pests, soil and all kinds of plants. It doesn't seem to be terribly outdated either, besides a few things I can laugh about while reading. What a find! Hopefully by summers end I will have some things to show off. For now its just fortunate that roses need so little work. These beautiful blooms come back every year regardless of how I abuse them.


  1. You might want to go down to the extension office on Havana by the fairgrounds and take a look at their publications. They're five bucks each if I remember right and written for this area. They also have volunteers that can help you with any garden related problems or general advice. Or you could call your cousin who's been landscaping for twenty years ;)

    1. Careful, I might just take you up on that :)