I fell in love with gardening when I discovered how food can be used as medicine instead of just medicine used as medicine. You know what I mean?
We lived in Yandina at the time and I really wanted my very first herb and vegetable garden so I could grow it all myself and it would be fresh, full of goodness and the satisfaction of eating something I grew. I started off with the simple stuff that was hard to kill and didn’t need too much of a green thumb to manage – kale, baby spinach, herbs, spring onion, eggplant, lettuce, tomatoes. This sparked a real desire in both Kirk and I to live a bit more in this way – outside, growing things, land, space, tranquility and soil that loved to grow things too. I have my first little vegetable garden to blame for our goal to move up the mountain to Maleny on some acreage.
This dream became a reality a few years later and as soon as we moved to Maleny, we started the patch.
Now, keep in mind that my first veggie garden was quite small being in a suburban backyard and having no idea that seedlings can grow into quite large plants that need more space than I thought! So, we made sure we had EXTRA room and promptly pegged out a massive plot with all the ambition in the world! I was also 8 weeks pregnant at the time so you can predict how manageable that garden was with nausea, big belly, then a newborn AND Kirk working full time which was a 2 hour round trip! Ha! We had many good spurts of growing plentiful veggies to feed ourselves, and then times where weeds thrived and we’d google whether we could eat them (thistle tea anyone?).
In the past I have always bought seedlings cause I’m quite impatient like that, but at playgroup the other day I was discussing vegetable gardening with some other mums and I got all re-inspired! It didn’t sound too hard, and my friend told me a few of her seed-sowing tips (thanks Jodie!). One mum in particular urged me to get into sowing seeds and enjoying that process of starting with just a seed with my son! So of course, on my drive home from playgroup (impatience shining through), I bought some seeds and started at once.
I’m really grateful that seed packets come with lots of seeds. They must know that their survival rate is pretty low in a seed-novices hands. Even the seed man said to me as I swiped my debit card, “You look like someone who will give too much love to your seeds and kill them. Promise me you’ll just spray them with a water mister ok?” Um, ok. I walked out of that place holding my seeds protectively with my head held high. I’d show him how unloving I could be to my precious, baby seeds.
So, stay tuned for some thriving, wildy-successful seed germination! Judah is going to appreciate all things seeds, green and growing. He already appreciates dirt so we are halfway there.
Wish me luck!