Jan 16

We’re Downsizing the Gardens. There, I Said it.

Gardening Jones looks at growing a smaller garden.

A co-worker in her late 70's told me the day she felt old was when she had to sit down to get her underwear on. I remember my Dad, a Navy man and lifelong swimmer said the day he felt old was when he went to dive into the swimming pool, and opted to use the ladder instead.

I get it. Getting old is when your body finally lets you know in no uncertain terms that it isn't going to do what it used to anymore.

The pic above is from a few years ago. Last year's garden wasn't nearly as plush and well tended. It was difficult for me to get down, and worse, back up, to plant the corn.

I almost lost my balance weeding, and really thought I was going into the onion bed head first.

It's time to make a significant change, and yes, it makes me feel old.

Maybe when we are actually making the new garden area I will feel better. Maybe I should start exercising and getting ready. 😉

So the garden you see above will have the already falling down fencing taken down and not replaced. The bed on the left will be shut down, and the others built up and planted with perennials or annuals with eye appeal. You know, like okra.

Haha, okay, not really. Well, maybe for the flowers. But it will become a garden more for appearance, and low in maintenance.

We have 15 4x4 raised beds in the front yard. The wooden ones will be disassembled and the wood used to raise these beds up. The 2 plastic ones will be moving to the backyard, along with a few planters. Himself said he will build a few more, so we have 4-5 4x4 beds.

For 2 people with family visiting, that should be enough. Hmmm, it will also be a challenge.

So maybe I'm not actually sitting down yet or using the ladder, maybe it's just a matter of learning to make less do more. I can do that.

Gardening Jones is paring down her seed stash and giving them away.

Which brings me to seeds.

All of these seeds are from 2014-2017, a lot were just purchased last year. Seeds last anywhere from 2 years for picky parsnips, to decades. Many have been opened and planted, some are still sealed.

All of the seeds were purchased, not saved.

I am going to divide these up into boxes, probably 5-6 packed tight, and send them out to randomly chosen readers at the end of this month.

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Because the real reason to grow food is for the happiness gardening brings. <3

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    • Steve Golemboski on January 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    OH noooooo, but I guess this will soon be my fate too……

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    • gj on January 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    You’re right Pam, I hope I never do!

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    • gj on January 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm
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    I hope to make the best of it Steve!

  1. You’re downsizing, we are upsizing and donating seeds to local familes in need and community gardens. Would be thrilled to receive a box of seeds!

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    • gj on January 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    That’s wonderful! <3

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    • Deborah O'Sullivan on January 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    So thoughtful, to share. <3 I would love try some other varieties, In zone 7

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    • gj on January 27, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    Good luck Deborah!

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